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Meaning of SUPERFETATION

Pronunciation:  `soopurfee'teyshun

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  fertilization of a second ovum after a pregnancy has begun; results in two fetuses of different ages in the uterus at the same time; "superfetation is normal in some animal species"
 

SUPERFETATION is a 13 letter word that starts with S.

 

 See Also: fecundation, fertilisation, fertilization, impregnation

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Su`per*fe*ta"tion\, n. [Cf. F. superf['e]tation.]
(Physiol.)
The formation of a fetus at the result of an impregnation
occurring after another impregnation but before the birth of
the offspring produced by it. This is possible only when
there is a double uterus, or where menstruation persists up
to the time of the second impregnation.

      In then became a superfetation upon, and not an
      ingredient in, the national character.   --Coleridge.

 

 

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