polyspermy

[ pol-ee-spur-mee ]
/ ˈpɒl iˌspɜr mi /

noun

the fertilization of an ovum by several spermatozoa.

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Compare dispermy, monospermy.

Origin of polyspermy

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

OTHER WORDS FROM polyspermy

pol·y·sper·mic [pol-ee-spur-mik], /ˌpɒl iˈspɜr mɪk/, adjective
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Medical definitions for polyspermy

polyspermy
[ pŏlē-spûr′mē ]

n.

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