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v. fertil·ized, fertil·izing, fertil·izes
1. To cause the fertilization of (an ovum, for example).
2. To make (soil, for example) fertile: Compost fertilizes the soil.
3. To spread fertilizer on: used a mechanical spreader to fertilize the lawn.
To spread fertilizer.

fer′til·iz′a·ble adj.
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Q. i just have my period last november 25 and ended on 28.when is my possible fertile and ovulation period please help me identify my fertile and ovulation period

A. If someone knew it, it'd solve the human race many problems with fertility. The problem is that ovulation (and thus, the period of possible fertility) happens 14 days BEFORE the onset of menses, so you know about it only retrospectively.

However there ways such as serial body temperature measuring, along with kits that measures the level of hormones in the urine in order to estimate the time of the coming ovulation, and help in timing intercourse.

You may read more about it here (www.mayoclinic.com/health/ovulation-signs/AN01521 ) but anyway, consulting a doctor (e.g. gynecologist) may be wise.

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They are, nevertheless, viable or fertilizable (Guo & Allen 1994a, Guo & Allen 1994b, He et al.
We recognize the disadvantage, that females whose eggs are completely blocked to fertilization with heterospecific sperm are being treated in this analysis as if they were fertilizable, albeit at very high sperm concentrations.
In the selected females, the viable oocytes (defined as fertilizable oocytes) were around 30-60 [micro]m in diameter (Lango-Reynoso et al.
where F is the percentage of eggs fertilized (%), [phi] is the fertilizable surface area of an egg ([m.sup.2]), and [tau] is the sperm-egg contact time (s) (i.e., the amount of time spent in a specific cell).
discus that the jelly-freed eggs are found to be 90% fertilizable, suggesting that egg jelly has no direct role in the process of fertilization and gamete fusion (Shiroya & Sakai 1995).
Heterospecific fertilization success in Asterias should be examined by conducting crosses with multiple conspecific and heterospecific males to determine whether the observed variation is the result of interactions between specific gametes or whether some females are more or less fertilizable regardless of the heterospecific male involved.
On the other hand, in the case of the spider crab, all the adult females are receptive, which means that the operative sex-ratio, defined as the number of sexually active males versus the number of fertilizable females (Emlen & Oring 1977), is equal to the effective sex-ratio.
where [S.sub.0] = number of superm/[micro]l, [E.sub.0] = number of eggs/[micro]l, [tau] = sperm/egg contact time (set to equal 90 min) and [beta] and are parameters obtained from nonlinear regression of P on [S.sub.0] (the ratio [beta]/[[beta].sub.0] is roughly interpretable as the proportion of the egg surface area that is fertilizable (Vogel et al., 1982).
Developmental abnormalities and failure to reach blastula tend to occur well before the fertilizable life of the oocytes has expired.
The intensity of sexual competition depends mostly on the operational sex ratio (OSR), which is the number of sexually active males relative to the number of fertilizable females at a given site and time (Emlen and Oring, 1977).
Fertilizable ova were obtained by treating excised ovaries with 1-methyladenine ([10.sup.-4] M) (Kanatani, 1969), and sperm were diluted in filtered seawater prior to fertilization.