polyspermy

[pol-ee-spur-mee]

noun

the fertilization of an ovum by several spermatozoa.

Nearby words

  1. polysomnogram,
  2. polysomnography,
  3. polysomy,
  4. polysorbate,
  5. polyspermia,
  6. polystichia,
  7. polystichous,
  8. polystyle,
  9. polystyrene,
  10. polysulfide


Origin of polyspermy

First recorded in 1885–90; see origin at polyspermia, -y3

Related formspol·y·sper·mic [pol-ee-spur-mik] /ˌpɒl iˈspɜr mɪk/, adjective

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Medicine definitions for polyspermy

polyspermy

[pŏlē-spûr′mē]

n.

The entrance of more than one spermatozoon into the ovum.polyspermia

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