Definition of in vitro fertilization in US English:

in vitro fertilization

noun

  • A medical procedure whereby an egg is fertilized by sperm in a test tube or elsewhere outside the body.

    ‘individuals who seek to become parents using in vitro fertilization’
    • ‘The medical procedures involved in surrogacy - hormone treatments, ova extraction, in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and gamete intrafallopian tube transfer (GIFT), for example - have also allowed post-menopausal women to bear children.’
    • ‘The birth was met with world-wide astonishment at the time, but today in-vitro fertilization has become relatively commonplace.’
    • ‘In-vitro fertilization and assistive reproductive technologies can create a conception that's outside of the womb using the recipient, plus the sperm source.’
    • ‘Her birth, and with it the birth of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment, gave hope to millions of childless couples the world over.’
    • ‘In in-vitro fertilisation, it is normal practice to implant many fertilised eggs into the uterus so as to increase the chance of an ensuing pregnancy.’
    • ‘Low-dose aspirin is currently prescribed for women with a history of recurrent miscarriage and for those undergoing in-vitro fertilization.’
    • ‘A new egg-screening technique could more that double a woman's chances of having a baby through in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), it was claimed yesterday.’
    • ‘Brown's parents, Lesley and John, made headlines with the birth of Louise, the first person conceived by in-vitro fertilization.’
    • ‘Unable to conceive through sexual relations, the couple undergoes a course of in vitro fertilization.’
    • ‘She gave birth to a healthy 1.35 kg boy on April 12 through in-vitro fertilisation.’