Definition of test-tube baby in US English:

test-tube baby


  • A baby conceived by in vitro fertilization.

    • ‘Undoubtedly, we have seen a revolution of treatment in this reproductive field, particularly since 1978 when the first test-tube baby was born.’
    • ‘First it was Robert Edwards, the British fertility expert who made possible the birth of the first test-tube baby, who suggested that cloning could one day be as acceptable as IVF.’
    • ‘The operation, thought to be the first of its kind, enabled the transplanted ovary to produce viable eggs that could have been used for a test-tube baby.’
    • ‘It's hard to believe the uproar that the first test-tube baby caused.’
    • ‘China's first test-tube baby was born 15 years ago at Beijing University No.3 Hospital.’
    • ‘The event saw Harsha, India's first test-tube baby who is now a young girl of 17, being presented a cheque of Rs.25,000 to help in her education.’
    • ‘As the home of both the world's first test-tube baby and Dolly the sheep - the first mammal cloned from an adult - Britain has an established reputation in embryology and fertility.’
    • ‘A common fertility treatment which results in the birth of around 2000 babies in the UK every year could now be ruled illegal, according to the expert who produced the first test-tube baby.’
    • ‘Louise's sister, Natalie, 20, who was also conceived through IVF, has become the world's first test-tube baby to have children of her own.’
    • ‘Prof Harrison pointed out that it was not until 1978 when the world's first test-tube baby was born that the need to regulate was first argued.’
    • ‘In what is believed to be the first case of concurrent conception, a woman in the United States gave birth to quadruplets - two test-tube babies and one, or possibly two, conceived naturally, doctors said recently.’
    • ‘Concern was growing in Britain yesterday over a sex-sorting technique which fertility experts say can virtually guarantee that a test-tube baby will be female.’
    • ‘He sees the UK as the world leader in fertility treatment, and his heroes are British fertility doctors Steptoe and Edwards, who created the first test-tube baby, Louise Brown.’
    • ‘When the first test-tube baby was born, everyone said she'd be laughed at and have a terrible time - but that didn't happen.’
    • ‘Researchers from the US implanted ovarian tissue into an infertile rhesus monkey, using one of the resulting eggs to produce a healthy test-tube baby.’
    • ‘A Chinese woman, who became infertile after suffering a miscarriage, gave birth to triplet test-tube babies at the turn of the century in Nanchang, capital of East China's Jiangxi Province.’
    • ‘The development of sperm and foetus technology in terms of test-tube babies has brought endless joy to many thousands of people but it still remains an expensive option.’
    • ‘A British clinic has been approached by two families who wish to use genetic screening to select a test-tube baby with exactly the right cells to act as a donor for a fatally ill older child.’
    • ‘He soon came to Singapore and was part of the team that produced the first test-tube baby in Asia in 1983.’
    • ‘In fact, there had been two decades of research in animals on IVF, and the protesters failed to block the Norfolk clinic from producing its first test-tube baby a year later.’


test-tube baby

/test t(y)o͞ob ˈbābē//tɛst t(j)ub ˈbeɪbi/