[ soo-per-fee-tey-shuh n ]
/ ˌsu pər fiˈteɪ ʃən /
the fertilization of an ovum in a female mammal already pregnant.
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Origin of superfetation
OTHER WORDS FROM superfetationsu·per·fe·tate, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for superfetation
/ (ˌsuːpəfiːˈteɪʃən) /
physiol the presence in the uterus of two fetuses developing from ova fertilized at different times
Derived forms of superfetationsuperfetate (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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