un·​fer·​til·​ized | \ ˌən-ˈfər-tə-ˌlīzd How to pronounce unfertilized (audio) \

Definition of unfertilized

: not made fertile : not fertilized an unfertilized egg unfertilized soil

Examples of unfertilized in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If nights fall below 55 degrees Fahrenheit, possible on any night of the year, blossoms will drop unfertilized, leaving only their stems to taunt us with what might have been. Pam Peirce, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Sep. 2021 Caviar is unfertilized eggs—also known as roe—that are harvested exclusively from the sturgeon family of fish and then salt-cured. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 20 July 2021 Whenever a nesting pigeon flies off to get a bite to eat, the laughingthrushes zip to her nest, hop around in it and poke at her unfertilized eggs with their beaks. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, 10 Apr. 2021 Vets found an unfertilized egg that the kiwi was unable to lay. Rhea Mogul, CNN, 28 Dec. 2020 To clone an animal, ViaGen needs oocytes, or unfertilized eggs, to implant the genetic material into. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, 21 Dec. 2020 But, Drost said, the eggs are likely unfertilized and will not hatch because they were laid by a lesbian penguin couple. NBC News, 23 Oct. 2020 But now, researchers revived the cells and fused one of them with an unfertilized egg from a domestic horse. Jonathan Wosen San Diego Union-tribune, Star Tribune, 22 Oct. 2020 Scientists suspect that sometime around 1995, a genetic mutation allowed a pet crayfish to reproduce asexually, giving rise to a new, all-female species that could make clones of itself from its unfertilized eggs. Quanta Magazine, 23 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of unfertilized

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

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15 Sep 2021

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“Unfertilized.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfertilized. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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un·​fer·​til·​ized | \ -ˈfərt-ᵊl-ˌīzd How to pronounce unfertilized (audio) \

Medical Definition of unfertilized

: not fertilized an unfertilized egg


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