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polyspermy

[ pol-ee-spur-mee ]
/ ˈpɒl iˌspɜr mi /
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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
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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