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 Hoeft’s team intends to address this limitation in a new study by examining MRI scans of parents and children in families that used different forms of in vitro fertilization. Jordana Cepelewicz, Scientific American, "Like Mother, Like Daughter--the Science Says So, Too," 26 Jan. 2016 Two cheetah cubs have been born via in vitro fertilization to a surrogate mother for the first time ever at the Columbus Zoo. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, "2 cheetah cubs born via IVF for 1st time at Columbus Zoo," 25 Feb. 2020 These included the use of intrauterine insemination (IUI) to conceive Slate, then multiple failed rounds of in vitro fertilization and miscarriages before welcoming Cruz. Jen Juneau,, "Pregnant Teddi Mellencamp Reveals Top Four Names for Baby Girl — and Asks Followers to Choose," 30 Dec. 2019 My best hope of getting pregnant would be with an egg donor through in vitro fertilization (IVF). Marisa Renee Lee,, "Coming To Terms With A Different Vision Of Motherhood," 7 May 2020 New guidelines by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine advise fertility patients to suspend new treatments, like in vitro fertilization and egg freezing, and consider canceling all embryo transfers. Nikki Battiste, CBS News, "Women urged to delay fertility treatments during coronavirus pandemic worry they may miss their chance to have a child," 8 Apr. 2020 The number has dropped because of changes in the way that assisted reproductive technologies, including in vitro fertilization (IVF), are done, the CDC said. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Barberton couple ‘excited to meet’ their quintuplets soon," 18 Feb. 2020 These expensive, resource-intensive medical therapies, which include egg harvesting and in vitro fertilization, maximize a patient’s chances of conceiving a biological child. Arthur Caplan, STAT, "Are infertility treatments ‘essential’? How to ethically determine what kind of care must go on amid Covid-19," 30 Apr. 2020 Does insurance cover the cost of in vitro fertilization? Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "What Does in Vitro Fertilization Cost? It Depends on a Lot of Factors," 3 Apr. 2020

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1969, in the meaning defined above

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“In vitro fertilization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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