One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounMedicine Zoology
Fertilization of a second ovum during the same oestrus cycle as a result of a second mating, leading to fetuses of the same age but different parentage.
- ‘Traditionally, cases of superfecundation have been discovered by the starkly different appearances of twins.’
- ‘The phenomenon, known as superfecundation, usually results in the second baby dying as the older gets better nourished in the womb.’
- ‘A mother has had two non-twin children on the same day, due to a 1,000,000-1 phenomenon, known as superfecundation, where a woman conceives twice in the same month.’
- ‘Obviously, the twins resulting from superfecundation are dizygotic.’
- ‘The scientific term describing fraternal twins by different fathers is heteropaternal superfecundation.’
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