test-tube baby

UK / US noun [countable]
Word forms "test-tube baby":
singular test-tube baby plural test-tube babies
a human baby created by mixing the mother's egg and the father's sperm in a laboratory and then putting the egg inside a woman to grow

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  • test-tube-baby — test tube baby, 1. (formerly) a baby that is conceived and develops outside the womb. 2. a baby conceived outside the womb that develops as a fetus after implantation in the womb: »The world s first test tube baby, a girl was born by Caesarean… …   Useful english dictionary

  • test-tube baby — test tube babies also test tube baby N COUNT A test tube baby is a baby that develops from an egg which has been removed from the mother s body, fertilized, and then replaced in her womb in order that it can continue developing …   English dictionary

  • test-tube baby — test tube .baby n a baby that develops from an egg removed from a woman s body, that is then put back inside the woman to continue developing …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • test-tube baby — test tube ,baby noun count a human baby created by mixing the mother s egg and the father s SPERM in a laboratory and then putting the egg inside a woman to grow …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • test-tube baby — ► NOUN informal ▪ a baby conceived by in vitro fertilization …   English terms dictionary

  • test-tube baby — noun a baby conceived by fertilization that occurs outside the mother s body; the woman s ova are removed and mixed with sperm in a culture medium if fertilization occurs the blastocyte is implanted in the woman s uterus • Hypernyms: ↑baby, ↑babe …   Useful english dictionary

  • test tube baby — see test tube baby …   English dictionary

  • test-tube baby — test′ tube ba′by n. srg dvl an infant developed from an ovum fertilized in vitro and implanted into a woman s uterus • Etymology: 1930–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • test-tube baby — /ˈtɛst tjub ˌbeɪbi / (say test tyoohb .baybee) noun 1. a child born as a result of artificial insemination. 2. a child conceived artificially outside a mother s body under simulated conditions suitable for its survival and then implanted in the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • test-tube baby — baby conceived as a result of fertilization of an egg by sperm outside of the body of the mother (i.e. in a laboratory dish) …   English contemporary dictionary

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