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What is the difference between In Vivo and In Vitro?

Asked by R. Barnes, Last updated: Sep 11, 2019

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P. Micah

P. Micah

Answered on Oct 21, 2019

In Vitro and In Vivo are two terms that are used to describe type types of pregnancy that may occur. In Vitro is also known as IVF, and this means that the meeting of the sperm and the egg so that the egg will be fertilized can happen in a test tube. In Vivo, this means that the fertilization should take place inside the body.

These are two types of fertilization that people consider, especially when they would like to become pregnant soon, or they would like to have a child, but they are having some trouble getting pregnant. These can be further explained by doctors to those who are interested in these processes.

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H. Jones

H. JonesWeb Content Writer, San Antonio,
Web Content Writer, San Antonio,

Answered on Sep 11, 2019

In vitro and in vivo are often mistaken and confused for by many. In vivo is a Latin word that stands for “within the living.” It is commonly used to describe experiments that are done in live isolated cells or organisms such as humans and whole plants.

Common examples are animal testing. In vitro is a Latin term that means “in the glass.” It describes experiments and studies performed with cells or biological molecules outside the biological organism. These forms of experiments are often called “test-tube experiments.” A common example of this is in vitro fertilization.

A lot of tests are conducted outside a living organism as the experiment to be carried out may not correspond to the environment inside the living organism. I hope you find this information useful.

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J. Pollock

J. PollockScience Professor, Los Angeles
Science Professor, Los Angeles

Answered on Sep 04, 2019

“In Vivo” means “in the living.” This is normally a term that is used in biochemistry to show that there are experiments that are being done in the lab that are created in the likeness of how those organisms would act in their natural environment. “In Vitro” is the opposite of this, this means “In the glass.”

This means that the organism that needs to thrive will need to grow in a test tube. There are more and more babies that are being formed through the “in vitro” procedure. This may be done by people who would like to have children but cannot produce anymore.

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B. Rickets

B. Rickets

Answered on Sep 03, 2019

Those who are trying to learn more medical terms may become more familiar with these terms. In vivo means that there is an experiment that is being done in or on an organism. The organism may be a human being or other living objects. For in vitro, this means that the experiment is being done within the laboratory.

There are instances when this may be done in a petri dish or a test tube. These two different approaches are said to be done to advance some of the studies that are being done by people. For example, any of these two can be used to find a cure for a specific disease or illness.

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