zygote intrafallopian transfer

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zygote intrafallopian transfer

n. Abbr. ZIFT
A technique of assisted reproduction in which eggs fertilized in vitro are inserted directly into a woman's fallopian tubes.
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(2) In 1986 zygote intra-fallopian transfer (ZIFT) was introduced; oocytes are collected and fertilised in the laboratory, then transferred into the fallopian tubes at laparoscopy.
In the early 1990s, for example, clinics were trumpeting an alphabet soup of new techniques, with names like GIFT, for gamete intra-fallopian transfer, and ZIFT, for zygote intra-fallopian transfer. Both involved surgery, and were used on hundreds of patients, only to be abandoned when clinicians figured out they did not improve pregnancy rates and other techniques proved more helpful.
Infertility can be treated with various assisted reproductive technologies, such as in vitro fertilization, gamete intra-fallopian transfer, intrauterine insemination, zygote intra-fallopian transfer, and intracytoplasmic sperm injection.