fer·​til·​ized ˈfər-tə-ˌlīzd How to pronounce fertilized (audio)
: having undergone fertilization
a fertilized egg
: subjected to fertilization
fertilized fields

Examples of fertilized in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Very soon after conception, your fertilized egg begins to divide into multiple cells, and those cells divide as well, a process called mitosis. ​wendy Wisner, Parents, 18 Nov. 2023 Scientists say that a single zooid (formed from a single fertilized zygote) starts the development of a siphonophore colony through the process of budding. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 28 Aug. 2023 Much more rarely, ectopic pregnancies (i.e., when a fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus) can also cause irregular bleeding very early on in pregnancy, says Christine Masterson, MD, the chief of the women and children’s service line at Summit Medical Group in New Jersey. Women's Health, 23 Aug. 2023 Fibroids in the lining of the uterus can also prevent a fertilized egg from implanting. Macaela MacKenzie, Glamour, 5 July 2023 Food scientists sample stem cells from a fertilized chicken egg and then test the cells for resilience, taste, and the ability to divide and create more cells. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 30 June 2023 An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg implants and grows outside the uterus, most often in the fallopian tube. Julianne McShane, NBC News, 29 June 2023 These laws have created new obstacles for pregnant patients facing life-threatening complications like severe fetal anomalies, cancer diagnoses and ectopic pregnancies – when a fertilized egg implants outside the uterus. Elizabeth Lanphier, The Conversation, 16 June 2023 GenBioPro, the generic maker of the pill, states on its website that the pill works by blocking the production of progesterone, a hormone needed to prepare the uterine lining for successful implantation of a fertilized egg and sustain a pregnancy. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 6 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1786, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fertilized was in 1786

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“Fertilized.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fertilized. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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