test-tube baby

test-tube babies
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A test-tube baby is a baby that develops from an egg which has been removed from the mother's body, fertilized, and then replaced in her womb in order that it can continue developing.

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • test-tube-baby — test tube baby, 1. (formerly) a baby that is conceived and develops outside the womb. 2. a baby conceived outside the womb that develops as a fetus after implantation in the womb: »The world s first test tube baby, a girl was born by Caesarean… …   Useful english dictionary

  • test-tube baby — test tube .baby n a baby that develops from an egg removed from a woman s body, that is then put back inside the woman to continue developing …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • test-tube baby — test tube ,baby noun count a human baby created by mixing the mother s egg and the father s SPERM in a laboratory and then putting the egg inside a woman to grow …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • test-tube baby — ► NOUN informal ▪ a baby conceived by in vitro fertilization …   English terms dictionary

  • test-tube baby — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms test tube baby : singular test tube baby plural test tube babies a human baby created by mixing the mother s egg and the father s sperm in a laboratory and then putting the egg inside a woman to grow …   English dictionary

  • test-tube baby — noun a baby conceived by fertilization that occurs outside the mother s body; the woman s ova are removed and mixed with sperm in a culture medium if fertilization occurs the blastocyte is implanted in the woman s uterus • Hypernyms: ↑baby, ↑babe …   Useful english dictionary

  • test tube baby — see test tube baby …   English dictionary

  • test-tube baby — test′ tube ba′by n. srg dvl an infant developed from an ovum fertilized in vitro and implanted into a woman s uterus • Etymology: 1930–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • test-tube baby — /ˈtɛst tjub ˌbeɪbi / (say test tyoohb .baybee) noun 1. a child born as a result of artificial insemination. 2. a child conceived artificially outside a mother s body under simulated conditions suitable for its survival and then implanted in the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • test-tube baby — baby conceived as a result of fertilization of an egg by sperm outside of the body of the mother (i.e. in a laboratory dish) …   English contemporary dictionary


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