Definition of test-tube baby in English:

test-tube baby

noun

informal
  • A baby conceived by in vitro fertilization.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Undoubtedly, we have seen a revolution of treatment in this reproductive field, particularly since 1978 when the first test-tube baby was born.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's hard to believe the uproar that the first test-tube baby caused.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He soon came to Singapore and was part of the team that produced the first test-tube baby in Asia in 1983.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘China's first test-tube baby was born 15 years ago at Beijing University No.3 Hospital.’

Pronunciation

test-tube baby

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