[fee-kuh n-deyt, fek-uh n-]

verb (used with object), fe·cun·dat·ed, fe·cun·dat·ing.

to make prolific or fruitful.
Biology. to impregnate or fertilize.

Nearby words

  1. feckless,
  2. fecklessly,
  3. fecula,
  4. feculent,
  5. fecund,
  6. fecundation,
  7. fecundatory,
  8. fecundity,
  9. fed,
  10. fed to the gills

Origin of fecundate

1625–35; < Latin fēcundātus made fruitful, fertilized (past participle of fēcundāre). See fecund, -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for fecundation


verb (tr)

to make fruitful
to fertilize; impregnate
Derived Formsfecundation, nounfecundator, nounfecundatory (fɪˈkʌndətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin for fecundate

C17: from Latin fēcundāre to fertilize

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Medicine definitions for fecundation


[fē′kən-dāshən, fĕk′ən-]


The act of fertilizing; fertilization.
Related formsfecun•date′ v.

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