in vitro fertilization

noun
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

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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First Known Use of in vitro fertilization

1969


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in vitro fertilization

noun

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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