external fertilization

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external fertilization

[ek¦stərn·əl ‚fərd·əl·ə′zā·shən]
(physiology)
Those processes involved in the union of male and female sex cells outside the body of the female.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Until the evolution of the armoured fish, sex is thought to have been limited to external fertilisation techniques in which sperm and eggs were squirted into the water to mix.
"Both these bioethicists, writing in the two leading American medical journals, drew on fictional associations of external fertilisation to reinforce a slippery slope argument against the technique," writes Turney.