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superfetation

[soo-per-fee-tey-shuh n] /ˌsu pər fiˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the fertilization of an ovum in a female mammal already pregnant.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin superfētāt(us) (past participle of superfētāre to conceive again while still pregnant, equivalent to super- super- + fētā(re) to breed (see fetus) + -tus past participle suffix) + -ion
Related forms
superfetate, adjective
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superfetation

/ˌsuːpəfiːˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
(physiol) the presence in the uterus of two fetuses developing from ova fertilized at different times
Derived Forms
superfetate (ˌsuːpəˈfiːteɪt) adjective
Word Origin
C17 superfetate, from Latin superfētāre to fertilize when already pregnant, from super- + fētāre to impregnate, from fētus offspring
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