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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 2 months ago

Why do people say "fertilized egg",why they don't say "fertilized sperm"?

The egg contains food so it is more rightly called the egg fertilizer rather than the sperm.

15 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    Because we chose to name the larger gamete produced by females an egg (or more scientifically an ovum) whereas we named the smaller gametes produced by males spermatazoa.

    The sperm fertilizes the egg, after which the egg is referred to as having been fertilized. The sperm no longer exists, it has fused its genetic material with the egg to produce this zygote.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    because it is the egg that is fertilised by the sperm

  • 2 months ago

    Hmm good question? I guess you can think of it like the soil (of mother earth) and the man's sperm like the SEED that is needed in order to make it "alive" if you know know what I mean!! 

    Source(s): 36 going on 37 Asian Filipina hehe
  • D g
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Because the egg usually has supply of food for the growing creature eggs are stand alone only in live birth creatures are eggs internal 

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  • 2 months ago

    Patriarchal anthropomorphism, reinforced, judging by some of the other answers, by rationalisations. Think of different ways plants are fertilised to redress the balance.

    Source(s): One-time student of Logic & Metaphysics, Professional Gardener Level 2, and you.
  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Because words mean things and sperm fertilize eggs.

    But you probably already knew that.

  • ?
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    It has been proven beyond any shadow of a doubt that you can take an egg cell and stimulate it to grow with a electric needle inserted into the nucleus.

    It is absolutely impossible to cause a sperm cell to develop into an offspring.  But you can make an egg so develop into an offspring with an electric needle you cannot do that with a sperm cell.

  • 2 months ago

    Pretty sure this is the same pathetic loser who has been trolling YA for years now trying to push his idiotic agenda that women are useless and men are all that matters when it comes to reproduction. He is apparently unaware of basically every bit of scientific progress we've made since the mid-1200s.

    Anyway, to answer the actual question, it is because after fertilization, the material that makes up the new organism is roughly 99.99% egg. "Fertilized sperm" is one of the stupidest phrases I've ever heard.

    Edit: YEP! As per usual, Captain Moron has posted an Anonymous answer pretending to be someone else agreeing with his idiotic point of view. It's beyond pathetic.

  • 2 months ago

    No it is totally incorrect.

    It is the male sperm that actually FERTILIZES the egg.

    Without that sperm the egg will NOT be fertilized.

  • Petter
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Because the sperm goes into the egg, not the other way around. Don't you kids learn anything in school these days?

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