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fecundate

[fee-kuh n-deyt, fek-uh n-]
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verb (used with object), fe·cun·dat·ed, fe·cun·dat·ing.
  1. to make prolific or fruitful.
  2. Biology. to impregnate or fertilize.
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Origin of fecundate

1625–35; < Latin fēcundātus made fruitful, fertilized (past participle of fēcundāre). See fecund, -ate1
Related formsfe·cun·da·tion, nounfe·cun·da·tor, nounfe·cun·da·to·ry [fi-kuhn-duh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /fɪˈkʌn dəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivepre·fe·cun·da·tion, nounun·fe·cun·dat·ed, adjective
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Related Words

propagationbreedingprocreationimplantationpollinationconjugationimpregnationinseminationfecundationevolutiongraviditygrowthreproductionpregnancymaturationincubation

Examples from the Web for fecundation

Historical Examples

  • Fecundation and fertilization are important terms to remember.

    Woman

    William J. Robinson

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

    Woman

    William J. Robinson

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

    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


British Dictionary definitions for fecundation

fecundate

verb (tr)
  1. to make fruitful
  2. to fertilize; impregnate
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Derived Formsfecundation, nounfecundator, nounfecundatory (fɪˈkʌndətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin fēcundāre to fertilize
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fecundation in Medicine

fecundation

(fē′kən-dāshən, fĕk′ən-)
n.
  1. The act of fertilizing; fertilization.
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Related formsfecun•date′ v.
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