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Definition of In vitro fertilization

In vitro fertilization: A laboratory procedure in which sperm are put in a special dish with unfertilized eggs to achieve fertilization. The embryos that result can be transferred into the uterus or frozen (cryopreserved) for future use. Abbreviated IVF.

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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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