Definition of fertilization in English:

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fertilization

Pronunciation: /ˌfərdləˈzāSH(ə)n/

noun

Biology
1The action or process of fertilizing an egg, female animal, or plant, involving the fusion of male and female gametes to form a zygote.
Example sentences
  • The embryos of all sexually reproducing organisms develop from a single cell, formed by the fusion of a male and a female gamete at fertilization.
  • The act also requires that no person should provide gametes for in vitro fertilisation, storage, or donation without first being given appropriate information about treatment.
  • In common with in vitro fertilisation, a gamete intrafallopian transfer cycle begins with superovulation to recruit multiple follicles and is followed by egg retrieval.
Synonyms
1.1The action or process of applying a fertilizer to soil or land.
Example sentences
  • Forages are generally good sources of calcium and can be variable in phosphorus according to soil type and fertilization.
  • We've made huge advances in agricultural mechanization, in fertilization, in soil science.
  • The effect of rootstock on wine quality is probably no greater than that of other factors such as soil, climate, fertilization, and irrigation.

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Syllabification: fer·til·i·za·tion

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