fertilization

noun
fer·​til·​i·​za·​tion | \ ˌfər-tə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce fertilization (audio) \

Definition of fertilization

: an act or process of making fertile: such as
a : the application of fertilizer
b(1) : an act or process of fecundation, insemination, or pollination not used technically
(2) : the process of union of two gametes whereby the somatic chromosome number is restored and the development of a new individual is initiated

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Examples of fertilization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also, too many minerals in the dust can cause hyper-fertilization, contributing to algae blooms that are harmful to coral. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Massive Sahara desert dust plume closing in on the United States," 26 June 2020 Also, too many minerals in the dust can cause hyper-fertilization, contributing to algae blooms that are harmful to coral. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Massive Sahara desert dust plume closing in on the United States," 26 June 2020 The triploids can’t self-pollinate (because their pollen is not viable) but bees can carry the viable diploid pollen to the triploid flowers to complete fertilization. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "An ode to watermelon. Why it's the best summer fruit. And if you don't agree, you're wrong," 3 July 2020 Also, too many minerals in the dust can cause hyper-fertilization, contributing to algae blooms that are harmful to coral. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Massive Sahara desert dust plume closing in on the United States," 26 June 2020 Parsley responds well to fertilization with Osmocote or soluble products in a container or slow-release lawn fertilizer in the garden. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: Beginner’s guide to growing herbs," 25 June 2020 Also, too many minerals in the dust can cause hyper-fertilization, contributing to algae blooms that are harmful to coral. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Massive Sahara desert dust plume drifting toward the United States," 23 June 2020 An annual fertilization with organic or another slow-release fertilizer will keep them growing well. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Conifers in containers need special care," 13 June 2020 Production was already expected to drop by as much as 10% due to last year’s dry weather and less aggressive fertilization. Eko Listiyorini, Bloomberg.com, "Malaysia Farms Face $3 Billion Hit From Palm Oil Worker Shortage," 5 June 2020

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First Known Use of fertilization

circa 1787, in the meaning defined above

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“Fertilization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fertilization. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for fertilization

fertilization

noun
fer·​til·​iza·​tion | \ ˌfər-tə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce fertilization (audio) \

Kids Definition of fertilization

1 : an act or process of making fertile fertilization of a new lawn
2 : the joining of an egg cell and a sperm cell to form the first stage of an embryo

fertilization

noun
fer·​til·​iza·​tion
variants: or British fertilisation \ ˌfərt-​ᵊl-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce fertilisation (audio) \

Medical Definition of fertilization

: an act or process of making fertile: as
a : an act or process of fecundation, insemination, or impregnation
b : the process of union of two gametes whereby the somatic chromosome number is restored and the development of a new individual is initiated

Other Words from fertilization

fertilize or British fertilise \ ˈfərt-​ᵊl-​ˌīz How to pronounce fertilise (audio) \ transitive verb fertilized or British fertilised; fertilizing or British fertilising

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