superfetation

[soo-per-fee-tey-shuh n]

Origin of superfetation

1595–1605; < Latin superfētāt(us) (past participle of superfētāre to conceive again while still pregnant, equivalent to super- super- + fētā(re) to breed (see fetus) + -tus past participle suffix) + -ion
Related formssu·per·fe·tate, adjective
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superfetation

noun
  1. physiol the presence in the uterus of two fetuses developing from ova fertilized at different times
Derived Formssuperfetate (ˌsuːpəˈfiːteɪt), adjective

Word Origin for superfetation

C17 superfetate, from Latin superfētāre to fertilize when already pregnant, from super- + fētāre to impregnate, from fētus offspring
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