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[fee-kuh n-deyt, fek-uh n-] /ˈfi kənˌdeɪt, ˈfɛk ən-/
verb (used with object), fecundated, fecundating.
to make prolific or fruitful.
Biology. to impregnate or fertilize.
Origin of fecundate
1625-35; < Latin fēcundātus made fruitful, fertilized (past participle of fēcundāre). See fecund, -ate1
Related forms
fecundation, noun
fecundator, noun
[fi-kuhn-duh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /fɪˈkʌn dəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
prefecundation, noun
unfecundated, adjective Unabridged
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  • fecundation and fertilization are important terms to remember.


    William J. Robinson
  • The process of fertilization or fecundation is also known as impregnation and conception.


    William J. Robinson
  • What we see in the process of fecundation is a foreshadowing of the future man and woman.


    William J. Robinson
  • After her fecundation she retires into a corner, where she plucks off her wings, and waits.

    The Insect Jules Michelet
  • Shortly after fecundation, these eggs are transformed into larvæ.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
  • fecundation by contact is very rare in fish, other than selacians.

  • This mysterious beast is nothing but the instrument of fecundation.

  • The queen does the same thing when flying into the air for fecundation.

  • It was impossible to prevent the fecundation of these insects.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • This attraction is daily seen in the fecundation of the spawn of fish.

    Curiosities of Medical Experience

    J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
British Dictionary definitions for fecundation


/ˈfiːkənˌdeɪt; ˈfɛk-/
verb (transitive)
to make fruitful
to fertilize; impregnate
Derived Forms
fecundation, noun
fecundator, noun
fecundatory (fɪˈkʌndətərɪ; -trɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin fēcundāre to fertilize
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fecundation in Medicine

fecundation fe·cun·da·tion (fē'kən-dā'shən, fěk'ən-)
The act of fertilizing; fertilization.

fe'cun·date' v.
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