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ovary

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noun ova·ry \ˈō-və-rē, ˈōv-rē\

Simple Definition of ovary

  • : one of usually two organs in women and female animals that produce eggs and female hormones

  • : the part of a flower where seeds are formed

Full Definition of ovary

plural ova·ries

  1. 1 :  one of the typically paired essential female reproductive organs that produce eggs and in vertebrates female sex hormones

  2. 2 :  the enlarged rounded usually basal portion of the pistil or gynoecium of an angiospermous plant that bears the ovules and consists of one or more carpels — see flower illustration

Origin of ovary

New Latin ovarium, from Latin ovum egg


First Known Use: 1658


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ovary

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noun ova·ry \ˈōv-(ə-)rē\

Medical Definition of ovary

plural ova·ries

  1. :  one of the typically paired essential female reproductive organs that produce eggs and in vertebrates female sex hormones, that occur in the adult human as oval flattened bodies about one and a half inches (four centimeters) long suspended from the dorsal surface of the broad ligament of either side, that arise from the mesonephros, and that consist of a vascular fibrous stroma enclosing developing egg cells



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