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 After nearly three years of infertility, Aronofsky is now seven months pregnant with a healthy baby boy thanks to in vitro fertilization (IVF). Deb Gordon, Forbes, 6 July 2022 This has raised concerns among healthcare professionals that these laws could be extended to apply to procedures involving embryos created outside of the womb, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). Major Garrett, CBS News, 1 July 2022 That determination could have significant effects on health care and fertility issues, including in vitro fertilization and treatment for women who have miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies. Eric Levenson, CNN, 11 July 2022 Patients can freeze their sperm for use in procedures including intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF). Meena Venkataramanan, Washington Post, 1 July 2022 The Supreme Court's decision to end the national right to abortions by overturning Roe vs. Wade has thrown a potential complication into future parenthood dreams with in vitro fertilization. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 4 July 2022 Many urge her to take different paths to parenthood, like artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization and adoption. Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2022 Since then, more than 8 million babies have been born using in vitro fertilization, a procedure now accepted by most major religions., 11 May 2022 There are also questions about what restrictive measures can mean for in vitro fertilization and contraceptive care. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 10 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of in vitro fertilization

1954, 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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