Definition: Capacitation is a process whereby the glycoprotein coat is modified and seminal proteins are removed from the surface of the sperm. There are no morphologic changes. Capacitation also occurs in in vitro fertilization; after capacitation, the acrosomal reaction can occur.
[L. capacitas, fr. capax, capable of]
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