Website Dictionary

1. OPU = Ova Pick Up – process of aspirating the eggs from the ovary
2. ET = EMBRYO TRANSFER – process of placing one or more embryos into the
woman`s body via thin elastic catheter under US (ultrasound) guidance.
3. Spermatozoa = Sperm – male reproductive cell, male gamete
4. Oocyte = Egg – female reproductive cell, female gamete
5. Fertilization – process of sperm entering the egg
6. Ovulation – process of natural separation of the egg from the ovary
7. Follicle – fluid filled bubble in the ovary where the egg is situated
8. Zygote- the very early stage of an embryo (1 st hours), the moment when sperm and
egg merge
9. Embryo – dividing zygote
10. IVF = In Vitro Fertilization – method of fertilizing the egg outside the women`s body
11. ICSI = Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection – method of egg fertilization via injecting
the sperm in it using micro-manipulating technique
12. Blastomere – a cell, part of the embryo, after it starts developing (dividing)
13. Cryoconservation (cryopreservation) – human gametes and embryos storage in
liquid nitrogen at minus 196° C
14. Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) – fertilization method of sperm sample, placing into
the uterus (womb) via plastic catheter
15. Catheter- soft plastic narrow pipe, tubule