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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According to Anni Manukyan, they had been referred to the clinic several years ago and in 2011 were able to successfully conceive a daughter through in vitro fertilization. Andy Nguyen,, "Glendale couple sues fertility clinic after woman gives birth to their son in embryo snafu," 11 July 2019 For instance, the church offers an embryo-adoption service, connecting couples who wish to adopt with couples who have used in vitro fertilization and have left embryos in cold storage. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "The Church Challenging Washington State’s One-Size-Fits-All Abortion Requirement," 10 July 2019 The married Forth Worth, Texas-area couple began looking into fostering after attempts to expand their family via in vitro fertilization were unsuccessful. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Unilever CEO Calls Out The 'Woke-Washers': RaceAhead," 21 June 2019 Noe was implanted using in vitro fertilization, and quickly became pregnant - with twins., "A Portland woman carried twin babies for her twin sister, who has a genetic disease. They were born healthy this month.," 21 June 2019 When parents want to avoid passing their genetic condition to their children, Amato says, a viable option is to undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF) using what’s called pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). Anna Groves, Discover Magazine, "Human Gene Editing is Controversial. Shoukhrat Mitalipov Isn't Deterred," 15 Apr. 2019 The embryos were in storage at the Cleveland Clinic, left over from in vitro fertilization treatments a few years ago that allowed the couple to get pregnant. Evan Macdonald,, "Chagrin Falls High School on lockdown due to shooting threat, district says," 23 Mar. 2018 Teigen has previously been open about choosing to have a baby girl — now-21-month-old Luna Simone — through in vitro fertilization the first time around. Stephanie Petit,, "Why Chrissy Teigen Isn't Ready to Confirm Her Baby's Sex — Yet: 'We Did the Harvesting' Again," 18 Jan. 2018 Using in vitro fertilization, doctors created embryos and then tested them for the genetic disease. Kevin Flower, CNN, "FDA wins major victory in campaign against stem cell clinic," 4 June 2019

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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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