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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The happy news comes after a difficult journey for the couple—both Jason and Brittany have been very open about both of Brittany's pregnancies, including her struggles with endometriosis and in vitro fertilization. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Jason Aldean's Wife Brittany Just Gave Birth to Their Baby Girl," 5 Feb. 2019 Coping with fertility issues and the economic and emotional upheaval of in vitro fertilization, the pair seems to have exhausted all options. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "5 New Netflix Movies We’re Excited About This Fall," 10 Aug. 2018 Technologies such as in vitro fertilization, ovulation-enhancing medicines, egg storage and artificial insemination have been around for decades now, and remain extremely expensive in many cases. Lyman Stone, New York Times, "American Women Are Having Fewer Children Than They’d Like," 13 Feb. 2018 In addition, in vitro fertilization also started to take off around then, with the first IVF baby born in 1978, Markens notes, which made surrogacy easier in some ways. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "The Complicated History of Surrogacy From 'Baby M' to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West," 16 Jan. 2018 Undeterred, Gina returned to UH for a second round of in vitro fertilization procedures. James F. Mccarty,, "Cleveland couple double victims of UH fertility clinic malfunctions, lawsuit claims," 17 Mar. 2018 If the transplant is successful, the women will then attempt in vitro fertilization (IVF). Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, "A Second Baby Has Been Born Via Uterus Transplant in the U.S.," 4 Mar. 2018 But northern white rhinos may get a second chance: Researchers hope to use modified in vitro fertilization to resurrect the subspecies. Ernie Mastroianni, Discover Magazine, "Discover's Images of the Year 2018," 20 Dec. 2018 Women sometimes donate fetal tissue for medical research after miscarriages or embryonic tissue after in vitro fertilization procedures. Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, "Trump Administration Cancels Research Contract for Fetal Tissue," 25 Sep. 2018

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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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