Definition of capacitate in English:


Line breaks: cap¦aci|tate
Pronunciation: /kəˈpasɪteɪt


[with object] formal or • archaic
  • 1Make (someone) capable of a particular action or legally competent to act in a particular way.
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    • This is an elegant explanation, one that leads to Mauser's equally elegant peroration: ‘capacitating students to be competent citizens is our birthright.’
    • While I applaud the government's social grant initiatives, I think we need to begin to capacitate people in rural areas to produce food, otherwise what government says will be palliatives.
    • These writers used to meet regularly to thrash out literature, politics or whatever else was the topic of the day - a preparation that capacitated them to accomplish new heights in writing.
  • 1.1 (be capacitated) Physiology (Of spermatozoa) undergo changes inside the female reproductive tract enabling them to penetrate and fertilize an ovum.
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    • A preincubated, capacitated sperm suspension was gently added to the freshly ovulated oocytes to give a final motile sperm concentration of 1 x [10.sup.6] / ml.
    • During this time the sperm is undergoing a process of maturation called capacitation without which it is incapable of fertilising an ovum. iii) The ovum and capacitated sperm meet in the fallopian tube.
    • Cathine also stimulated the production of cAMP (cyclic adenosine monophosphate - a chemical messenger within cells) in uncapacitated sperm whilst inhibiting it in capacitated sperm.



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  • The fallopian tubes are also needed for sperm capacitation and egg fertilisation.
  • Preparation techniques have been developed that select sperm with fertilising ability and promote capacitation in the test tube.
  • After sperm have been deposited in the mammalian female reproductive tract, they undergo a process known as capacitation which facilitates fertilization by removing certain inhibitory factors.

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