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fertile

1. capable of producing offspring
2. Biology
a. capable of undergoing growth and development
b. (of plants) capable of producing gametes, spores, seeds, or fruits
3. Physics (of a substance) able to be transformed into fissile or fissionable material, esp in a nuclear reactor
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They fertilize when they think their lawn needs it, when they have time or when the stuff is on sale."
Now, in the middle of winter, it is recommended not to fertilize your plants at all.
Only sperm of different individuals of the same species can bind and fertilize the mature oocytes (cross-fertilization or homologous fertilization).
She will never mate again; her body can store enough sperm (male sex cells to fertilize her eggs for a lifetime.
Orly Lacham-Kaplan, a reproductive biologist at Monash University's Institute of Reproduction and Development in Melbourne, has spearheaded a study using DNA from any adult cell to fertilize a human egg.
But while phosphorus may be a necessary nutrient for animal health, when animals ingest more than they need, the excess becomes part of their waste, which is then used to fertilize crops.
One worm tries to fertilize the other by ejaculating anywhere on its partner's body, splashing it with sperm in a cocktail that dissolves flesh.
In almost all animals, females mate with several different males, despite the fact that a single mating is often sufficient to fertilize her eggs.
The research team has yet to attempt to fertilize morphed eggs with sperm, though they plan to do so.