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FERTILIZATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fertilization mean? 

FERTILIZATION (noun)
  The noun FERTILIZATION has 2 senses:

1. creation by the physical union of male and female gametes; of sperm and ova in an animal or pollen and ovule in a plant
2. making fertile as by applying fertilizer or manure

  Familiarity information: FERTILIZATION used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


FERTILIZATION (noun)


Sense 1fertilization [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Creation by the physical union of male and female gametes; of sperm and ova in an animal or pollen and ovule in a plant

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

fecundation; fertilisation; fertilization; impregnation

Hypernyms ("fertilization" is a kind of...):

conception; creation (the event that occurred at the beginning of something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fertilization"):

pollenation; pollination (transfer of pollen from the anther to the stigma of a plant)

cross-fertilisation; cross-fertilization (fertilization by the union of male and female gametes from different individual of the same species)

self-fertilisation; self-fertilization (fertilization by the union of male and female gametes from the same individual)

superfecundation (fertilization of two or more ova released during the same menstrual cycle by sperm from separate acts of coitus (especially by different males))

superfetation (fertilization of a second ovum after a pregnancy has begun; results in two fetuses of different ages in the uterus at the same time)


Sense 2fertilization [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Making fertile as by applying fertilizer or manure

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

fecundation; fertilisation; fertilization; dressing

Hypernyms ("fertilization" is a kind of...):

enrichment (act of making fuller or more meaningful or rewarding)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fertilization"):

top dressing (a layer of fertilizer or manure not plowed in)


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