in vitro fertilization

Pronunciation: (in VEE-troh FER-tih-lih-ZAY-shun)

A procedure in which eggs are removed from a woman’s ovary and combined with sperm outside the body to form embryos. The embryos are grown in the laboratory for several days and then either placed in a woman’s uterus or cryopreserved (frozen) for future use.

Definition from: Cancer.gov

2005-08-24