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corpus luteum

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noun corpus lu·te·um \-ˈlü-tē-əm\

Definition of corpus luteum

plural corpora lu·tea play \-tē-ə\

  1. :  a yellowish mass of progesterone-secreting endocrine tissue that forms immediately after ovulation from the ruptured graafian follicle in the mammalian ovary



Origin of corpus luteum

New Latin, literally, yellowish body


First Known Use: 1788


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corpus luteum

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noun corpus lu·te·um \-ˈlüt-ē-əm, -lü-ˈtē-əm\

Medical Definition of corpus luteum

plural corpora lu·tea \-ə\play

  1. :  a yellowish mass of progesterone-secreting endocrine tissue that consists of pale secretory cells derived from granulosa cells, that forms immediately after ovulation from the ruptured graafian follicle in the mammalian ovary, and that regresses rather quickly if the ovum is not fertilized but persists throughout the ensuing pregnancy if it is fertilized




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