Definition of IVF in English:



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

    ‘her twins had been conceived through IVF’
    [as modifier] ‘IVF treatment’
    • ‘I was fortunate enough to undergo successful IVF treatment at the first attempt, resulting in the birth of twin daughters.’
    • ‘Couples considering IVF must undergo an assessment at a fertility clinic before any treatment begins.’
    • ‘She went for two IVF treatments; when both were unsuccessful, she and her husband decided to adopt.’
    • ‘Fertility treatment with donor eggs is normally carried out using IVF.’
    • ‘The issue of IVF brought with it many ethical issues which cause controversy to this day.’
    • ‘To prepare for IVF, a doctor induces superovulation in a woman, a condition in which she matures many eggs in one month, instead of the usual single egg.’
    • ‘Telling her about my IVF at an early stage meant we could work well as a team to cover any ante-natal absences.’
    • ‘My second daughter was conceived by IVF and she's now 21 years old.’
    • ‘He told me that because I needed to have my ovaries and fallopian tubes removed I had to consider whether I wanted to try IVF now before it was too late.’
    • ‘When couples undergo IVF in hopes of conceiving a child, the procedure nearly always creates more embryos than will be used.’
    • ‘The chance of multiple births is higher with IVF because more than one embryo is often put back in the woman's womb.’
    • ‘Following numerous IVF attempts, she struggled to accept her infertility.’


1970s: abbreviation of in vitro fertilization.