- the union of male and female gametic nuclei.
- fecundation or impregnation of animals or plants.
Origin of fertilization
Related Words for fertilizationpropagation, breeding, procreation, implantation, pollination, preparation, covering, enrichment, dressing, conjugation, impregnation, insemination, fecundation, manuring
Examples from the Web for fertilization
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of fertilization
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
1857, noun of action from fertilize.
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.)