True regarding superfecundation is? – Forensic MCQ

Which of the following is true regarding superfecundation?
A. Fertilization of a second ovum in a woman who is already pregnant
B. Occurs in bipartite uterus
C. Both ova do not always develop to maturity
D. The second foetus is born later as a mature child

Correct answer : C. Both ova do not always develop to maturity

  • Superfecundation is fertilization of 2 ova discharged from the ovary at the same period by 2 separate acts of coitus committed at short intervals.
  • Both ova do not always develop to maturity.
  • One foetus may get aborted early or die and get retained until labour.
  • Fertilization of a second ovum in a woman who is already pregnant is superfoetation.
  • It can occurs in a bipartite uterus.

Ref: The Essentials of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Dr. K. S. Narayan Reddy, 26th edition, p343.

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