in vitro fertilization


Definition of in vitro fertilization

: fertilization of an egg in a laboratory dish or test tube specifically : fertilization by mixing sperm with eggs surgically removed from an ovary followed by uterine implantation of one or more of the resulting fertilized eggs abbreviation IVF

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Recent Examples on the Web McClaren’s work also laid the basic foundation for in vitro fertilization (IVF), the procedure that fertility clinics use to grow human embryos in a medical lab and then implant the embryo into the mother’s uterus. Kiona N. Smith, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 The US Department of Veterans Affairs began temporarily providing in vitro fertilization services for veterans four years ago, but lawmakers must re-authorize the provision each year. Chloe Melas, Cnn, And Video By Frank Fenimore, CNN, 18 Apr. 2021 Unable to conceive, the couple endured a series of grueling in vitro fertilization procedures until Kate finally became pregnant with Madeleine. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, 27 Feb. 2021 Fertility care is healthcare that involves treatments like fertility analysis, egg freezing, and in vitro fertilization (IVF), as well as family-forming programs like gestational carrier services (often referred to as surrogacy), and adoption. Fortune, 5 Apr. 2021 Shay froze her eggs — 16 total — in January and July of last year, and previously opened up about the in vitro fertilization process during her first retrieval round. Jen Juneau,, 28 Aug. 2020 As a gay man seeking to start a family, Evanston pediatrician Zachary Marcus faces bills for everything from compensation for the woman who will carry his baby, to in vitro fertilization and genetic testing. Nara Schoenberg,, 1 Apr. 2021 Vazquez started her in vitro fertilization and intrauterine insemination journey back in 2015. Tomás Mier,, 30 Mar. 2021 Hanna says the next step is to attempt to grow mouse embryos created by in vitro fertilization, rather than ones from natural pregnancies. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, 17 Mar. 2021

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1969, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of in vitro fertilization

: fertilization of an egg in a laboratory dish or test tube specifically : mixture usually in a laboratory dish of sperm with eggs which have been obtained from an ovary that is followed by introduction of one or more of the resulting fertilized eggs into a female's uterus abbreviation IVF

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