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noun
a specialized technique by which an ovum, especially a human one, is fertilized by sperm outside the body, with the resulting embryo later implanted in the uterus for gestation.
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Origin of in vitro fertilization

First recorded in 1970–75

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British Dictionary definitions for in vitro fertilization

in vitro fertilization

noun
a technique enabling some women who are unable to conceive to bear children. Egg cells removed from a woman's ovary are fertilized by sperm in vitro; some of the resulting fertilized egg cells are incubated until the blastocyst stage, which are then implanted into her uterusAbbreviation: IVF
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Scientific definitions for in vitro fertilization

in vitro fertilization

Fertilization of an egg outside the body of a female by the addition of sperm, as a means of producing a zygote.
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