- an act, process, or instance of fertilizing.
- the state of being fertilized.
- the union of male and female gametic nuclei.
- fecundation or impregnation of animals or plants.
- the enrichment of soil, as for the production of crops.
Origin of fertilization
Examples from the Web for fertilization
Or are they used in an evolutionary battle of the sexes over who has the last say in fertilization?Oh, if These Penises and Vaginas Could Talk: Genitalia as Tools, Toys, and Weapons
May 1, 2014
Fertilization rates and implantation rates were similar—about 35 percent.IVF for Just $300 Could Be a Reality Soon
Randi Hutter Epstein
August 31, 2013
And it would incite fierce resistance from those who believe life begins at fertilization.The GOP Faces Years in the Wilderness After 2012 Election Losses
November 26, 2012
This can radically upset her possibility of ovulation, fertilization, implantation, and even nurturing of a pregnancy.Todd Akin Finds a Friend in Dr. John Willke, a Pro-Life ‘Founding Father’
August 21, 2012
This can radically upset her possibility of ovulation, fertilization, implantation and even nurturing of a pregnancy."Legitimate Rape": An Old Right-Wing Trope
August 20, 2012
This union of the male and female sex cells is called "fertilization."The Mother and Her Child
William S. Sadler
Land was cheap and means of fertilization was limited and laborious.Tobacco in Colonial Virginia
The process of fertilization or fecundation is also known as impregnation and conception.
Fecundation and fertilization are important terms to remember.
The fertilization of peach-soils is to be considered in a separate topic.The Peaches of New York
U. P. Hedrick
- the union of male and female gametes, during sexual reproduction, to form a zygote
- the act or process of fertilizing
- the state of being fertilized
Word Origin and History for fertilization
1857, noun of action from fertilize.
- The union of male and female gametes to form a zygote, a process that begins with the penetration of the secondary oocyte by the spermatozoon and is completed with the fusion of the male and female pronuclei.
- The process by which two gametes (reproductive cells having a single, haploid set of chromosomes) fuse to become a zygote, which develops into a new organism. The resultant zygote is diploid (it has two sets of chromosomes). In cross-fertilization, the two gametes come from two different individual organisms. In self-fertilization, the gametes come from the same individual. Fertilization includes the union of the cytoplasm of the gametes (called plasmogamy) followed by the union of the nuclei of the two gametes (called karyogamy). Among many animals, such as mammals, fertilization occurs inside the body of the female. Among fish, eggs are fertilized in the water. Among plants, fertilization of eggs occurs within the reproductive structures of the parent plant, such as the ovules of gymnosperms and angiosperms. See Note at pollination.
- The process of making soil more productive of plant growth, as by the addition of organic material or fertilizer.
The joining of sex cells to form a new living thing. In humans, a male sperm joins a female ovum, or egg; the resulting zygote divides into a multicelled structure that implants in the womb and grows into an embryo. In plants, pollen grains, containing the male sex cells, enter the female sex cells in the pistil; from this union, fruit eventually grows. When fertilization occurs within a single flower, we call it self-fertilization. (See cross-fertilization.)