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Fertilization   Listen
noun
Fertilization  n.  
1.
The act or process of rendering fertile.
2.
(Biol.) The act of fecundating or impregnating animal or vegetable germs; esp., the process by which in flowers the pollen renders the ovule fertile, or an analogous process in flowerless plants; fecundation; impregnation.
Close fertilization (Bot.), the fertilization of pistils by pollen derived from the stamens of the same blossom.
Cross fertilization, fertilization by pollen from some other blossom. See under Cross, a.






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"Fertilization" Quotes from Famous Books



... visibly different from the rest, while in the male there is one odd one, the remaining 20 being like the corresponding 20 of the female. Before the germ cell becomes fit to mix with a germ cell of opposite sex, in the process of fertilization, it must lose one half of these. So the number of chromosomes for the species is kept the same or constant. This is the process of maturation. In the process, when the chromosome number is halved among the females, 11 go ...
— The Glands Regulating Personality • Louis Berman, M.D.

... of this objection is obvious; but our ignorance of the conditions of fertility and sterility, the want of carefully conducted experiments extending over long series of years, and the strange anomalies presented by the results of the cross-fertilization of many plants, should all, as Mr. Darwin has urged, be taken into account in ...
— Lectures and Essays • T.H. Huxley

... that valley to characterize the west not as a geographic division of the United States, but as a "form of society" with its own peculiar flowering, developed, not as Parkman's magnificent fleur-de-lis, [Footnote: See Epilogue.] by cross- fertilization, nor by grafting, but simply by the planting or sowing of Old World seeds on new and free land, where the mountains kept off the pollen of alien spirit, where the puritanical winds of the New England coast were somewhat tempered by the warmer winds ...
— The French in the Heart of America • John Finley

... there is a further development, and special organs are evolved to ensure the conjunction of the two elements. I have not space to describe in detail the effect of this union of the two cells, generally spoken of as fertilization. It may be found fully recorded step by step in any biological manual. Very briefly, the sperm-cells, which are active, freely moving units, swarm round the egg-cell and one of them eventually enters it. The essential part of the cells, namely the nuclei, ...
— Men, Women, and God • A. Herbert Gray



Words linked to "Fertilization" :   cross-fertilisation, pollination, self-fertilisation, superfetation, impregnation, fertilization membrane, top dressing, fertilization age, fertilize, conception, cross-fertilization, superfecundation, fertilisation, enrichment, dressing



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