[fur-tl-uh-zey-shuh n] /ˌfɜr tl əˈzeɪ ʃən/
an act, process, or instance of fertilizing.
the state of being fertilized.
the enrichment of soil, as for the production of crops.
the union of male and female gametes, during sexual reproduction, to form a zygote
the act or process of fertilizing
the state of being fertilized
1857, noun of action from fertilize.
fertilization fer·til·i·za·tion (fûr’tl-ĭ-zā’shən)
The union of male and female gametes to form a zygote, a process that begins with the penetration of the secondary oocyte by the spermatozoon and is completed with the fusion of the male and female pronuclei.
The joining of sex cells to form a new living thing. In humans, a male sperm joins a female ovum, or egg; the resulting zygote divides into a multicelled structure that implants in the womb and grows into an embryo. In plants, pollen grains, containing the male sex cells, enter the female sex cells in the pistil; from this union, fruit eventually grows. When fertilization occurs within a single flower, we call it self-fertilization. (See cross-fertilization.)
[fur-tl-ahyz] /ˈfɜr tlˌaɪz/ verb (used with object), fertilized, fertilizing. 1. Biology. 2. to make fertile; enrich: to fertilize farmland. 3. to make productive. /ˈfɜːtɪˌlaɪz/ verb (transitive) 1. to provide (an animal, plant, or egg cell) with sperm or pollen to bring about fertilization 2. to supply (soil or water) with mineral and organic nutrients to […]
[fur-tl-ahy-zer] /ˈfɜr tlˌaɪ zər/ noun 1. any substance used to the soil, especially a commercial or chemical manure. 2. a person, insect, etc., that an animal or plant: Bees are fertilizers of flowers. /ˈfɜːtɪˌlaɪzə/ noun 1. any substance, such as manure or a mixture of nitrates, added to soil or water to increase its productivity […]
[fer-til-uh-zin] /fərˈtɪl ə zɪn/ noun, Biochemistry. 1. .
[fer-oo-luh, fer-yoo-] /ˈfɛr ʊ lə, ˈfɛr yʊ-/ noun, plural ferulas, ferulae [fer-oo-lee, fer-yoo-] /ˈfɛr ʊˌli, ˈfɛr yʊ-/ (Show IPA) 1. Botany. any of various plants belonging to the genus Ferula, of the parsley family, chiefly of the Mediterranean region and central Asia, generally tall and coarse with dissected leaves, many of the Asian species yielding […]