Definition of fertilization in English:

fertilization

Line breaks: fer¦til|iza|tion
Pronunciation: /ˌfəːtɪlʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n
 
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(also fertilisation)

noun

[mass noun]
  • 1The action or process of fertilizing an egg or a female animal or plant, involving the fusion of male and female gametes to form a zygote.
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    • 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
  • 2The action or process of applying a fertilizer to soil or land.
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    • 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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