Definition of IVF in English:

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IVF

Pronunciation: /ˌīˌvēˈef/

noun

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
More example sentences
  • Following numerous IVF attempts, she struggled to accept her infertility.
  • The issue of IVF brought with it many ethical issues which cause controversy to this day.
  • When couples undergo IVF in hopes of conceiving a child, the procedure nearly always creates more embryos than will be used.

Origin

1970s: abbreviation of in vitro fertilization.

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Syllabification: IVF

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