in vitro

adverb or adjective

in vi·​tro in-ˈvē-(ˌ)trō How to pronounce in vitro (audio) -ˈvi- How to pronounce in vitro (audio)
-ˈwē-
: outside the living body and in an artificial environment

Examples of in vitro in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On February 16, 2024, the Alabama Supreme Court issued a ruling declaring that embryos created through in vitro fertilization (IVF) should be considered children. Larada Lee, Essence, 2 Apr. 2024 The world is changing so quickly, especially in the field of in vitro fertilization. Jeanne Phillips, The Mercury News, 31 Mar. 2024 Democrat Marilyn Lands won a special election on Tuesday for a historically conservative seat in the Alabama State Legislature thanks to her campaign’s intense focus on reproductive rights and in vitro fertilization. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2024 An Alabama clinic at the center of a legal battle that sparked fears nationwide about the future of in vitro fertilization is quietly rescheduling embryo transfers. Bracey Harris, NBC News, 22 Mar. 2024 Birmingham, Alabama — A champagne toast was held Thursday at Alabama Fertility in Birmingham, celebrating the return of in vitro fertilization procedures one day after the Alabama legislature passed legislation to protect IVF services. Janet Shamlian, CBS News, 7 Mar. 2024 Women’s health may be under siege in places like Alabama, thanks to the recent state Supreme Court ruling that is effectively freezing in vitro fertilization, against the already-tough backdrop of the post-Dobbs world. Deb Gordon, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 It's been just over a month since the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos are children and jeopardized access to in vitro fertilization treatments in the state, bringing the procedure to the forefront of reproductive rights politics. Monica Potts, ABC News, 20 Mar. 2024 Protecting nonviable in vitro embryos raises questions about contraception that prevents implantation – like some IUDs, the devices placed inside a uterus to prevent pregnancy. Ali Martin, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, literally, in glass

First Known Use

circa 1894, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of in vitro was circa 1894

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“In vitro.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20vitro. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

in vitro

adverb or adjective
in vi·​tro in-ˈvē-(ˌ)trō How to pronounce in vitro (audio)
: outside the living body and in an artificial environment
an egg fertilized in vitro
Etymology

Latin, literally, "in glass"

Medical Definition

in vitro

adverb or adjective
: outside the living body and in an artificial environment
growth of cells in vitro
in vitro studies

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