- gamete intrafallopian transfer: a laparoscopic process in which eggs are retrieved from an ovary by aspiration and inserted, along with sperm, into the fallopian tube of another woman.
- the full name for GIFT
n acronym for
- gamete intrafallopian transfer: a technique, similar to in vitro fertilization, that enables some women who are unable to conceive to bear children. Egg cells are removed from the woman’s ovary, mixed with sperm, and introduced into one of her Fallopian tubes
- something given; a present
- a special aptitude, ability, or power; talent
- the power or right to give or bestow (esp in the phrases in the gift of, in (someone’s) gift)
- the act or process of giving
- look a gift-horse in the mouth (usually negative) to find fault with a free gift or chance benefit
- to present (something) as a gift to (a person)
- (often foll by with) to present (someone) with a gift
- rare to endow with; bestow
mid-13c. (c.1100 in surnames), from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse gift, gipt “gift, good luck,” from Proto-Germanic *giftiz (cf. Old Saxon gift, Old Frisian jefte, Middle Dutch ghifte “gift,” German Mitgift “dowry”), from PIE root *ghabh- “to give or receive” (see habit).
For German Gift “poison,” see poison (n.). Old English cognate gift meant “bride-price, marriage gift (by the groom), dowry” (Old English noun for “giving, gift” was related giefu). Sense of “natural talent” is c.1300, perhaps from earlier sense of “inspiration” (late 12c.). As a verb from 16c., especially in gifted. As a verb, giftwrap (also gift-wrap) attested by 1936.
- A technique of assisted reproduction in which eggs and sperm are inserted directly into a woman’s fallopian tubes, where fertilization may occur.
In addition to the idiom beginning with gift
- gift of gab
- look a gift horse in the mouth