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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An Arizona photographer’s image showing a newborn surrounded by in vitro fertilization syringes, illustrating the hardship one woman underwent to become a mom, has gone viral. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Photo of newborn surrounded by IVF syringes goes viral," 17 Aug. 2018 Notaro underwent a double mastectomy, and said her cancer diagnosis and treatment complicated her plans to have in vitro fertilization. Korin Miller, SELF, "Comedian Tig Notaro Worries That IVF After Breast Cancer Was a Risky Choice," 3 Aug. 2018 If both fallopian tubes are blocked, then in vitro fertilization (IVF) is required. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "Why Can't I Get Pregnant?," 1 Oct. 2018 Photos: Heather Ainsworth for The Wall Street Journal CNY is part of a small number of fertility clinics that charge a fraction of what other clinics do for in vitro fertilization (IVF). Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "The Fertility Clinic That Cut IVF Prices in Half," 10 Sep. 2018 Kids born through in vitro fertilization may be more likely to develop high blood pressure, a new study suggests. Fox News, "IVF kids may have higher risk of high blood pressure," 6 Sep. 2018 In her new book, Becoming, and in a clip for an upcoming ABC special released on Good Morning America today, the former First Lady discussed going through a miscarriage and in vitro fertilization (IVF) before conceiving her daughters. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Michelle Obama Conceived Sasha and Malia Using IVF After a Previous Miscarriage," 9 Nov. 2018 One in every 20 babies in Japan are born through in vitro fertilization, suggesting that the country is open to non-traditional methods of pregnancy. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Take Major Step Towards Making Babies From Skin Cells," 21 Sep. 2018 A year later, Christina struggled getting pregnant, undergoing in vitro fertilization and suffering a tragic miscarriage in the process. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know On How Flip Or Flop Came To Be, According To Tarek El Moussa," 24 Aug. 2018

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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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