fertilized egg


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Noun1.fertilized egg - an animal organism in the early stages of growth and differentiation that in higher forms merge into fetal stages but in lower forms terminate in commencement of larval lifefertilized egg - an animal organism in the early stages of growth and differentiation that in higher forms merge into fetal stages but in lower forms terminate in commencement of larval life
animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
blastosphere, blastula - early stage of an embryo produced by cleavage of an ovum; a liquid-filled sphere whose wall is composed of a single layer of cells; during this stage (about eight days after fertilization) implantation in the wall of the uterus occurs
gastrula - double-walled stage of the embryo resulting from invagination of the blastula; the outer layer of cells is the ectoderm and the inner layer differentiates into the mesoderm and endoderm
morula - a solid mass of blastomeres that forms when the zygote splits; develops into the blastula
umbilical, umbilical cord - membranous duct connecting the fetus with the placenta
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Their discovery shows how the hormone progesterone suppresses the growth of the uterus's lining so that a fertilized egg can implant in the uterus.
After conception it takes four to nine days for the fertilized egg to implant in the uterus, where the uterine nutrients enable life to begin.
A fertilized egg usually contains two pronuclei - genetic material from the egg and sperm - as well as mitochondria.
The fertilized egg then moves into the cavity of the uterus over the next 5-7 days.
Two such recent examples include a referendum on the Colorado ballot this fall that would define a fertilized egg as a person, and a draft regulation of the U.
These embryos would use the genetic material from the nucleus of an ordinary fertilized egg (the yolk) but borrow a hollowed-out egg (the white) from another woman.
These groups oppose abortion and also birth control because they believe God implants a soul in every fertilized egg at the moment of fertilization.
If a fertilized egg has already implanted in the uterus, Plan B has no effect and does not terminate the pregnancy.
The government and feminists maintain that the pill does not end a pregnancy; rather, they say, it prevents ovulation, fertilization, or the implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus.
For dais to happen, these cells must first join their genetic material together to form a fertilized egg cell with a totally new and unique version of the human genome.
A higher rate of miscarriage was observed among the women reporting extremely strenuous activity during the time when the fertilized egg would implant in the uterus versus the women whose activity was less strenuous.
It prevents a fertilized egg from implanting itself in the womb.