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ovum

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noun \ˈō-vəm\

Definition of ovum

plural ova play \-və\

  1. :  a female gamete :  macrogamete —called also egg cell



Origin of ovum

New Latin, from Latin, egg — more at egg


First Known Use: circa 1706


OVUM Defined for Kids

ovum

play
noun \ˈō-vəm\

Definition of ovum for Students

plural ova \ˈō-və\




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ovum

play
noun \ˈō-vəm\

Medical Definition of ovum

plural ova \-və\play

  1. :  a female gamete :  macrogamete; especially :  a mature egg that has undergone reduction, is ready for fertilization, and takes the form of a relatively large inactive gamete providing a comparatively great amount of reserve material and contributing most of the cytoplasm of the zygote



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