estrous cycle

noun

Definition of estrous cycle

: the correlated phenomena of the endocrine and reproductive systems of a female mammal from the beginning of one period of estrus to the beginning of the next

called also estral cycle, estrus cycle

Examples of estrous cycle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fact is that any does not bred a month before, as well a number of fawns entering their first estrous cycle, will come into heat now, and mature bucks are not going to pass up an opportunity to breed. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 20 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of estrous cycle

1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Estrous cycle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/estrous%20cycle. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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estrous cycle

noun

Medical Definition of estrous cycle

: the correlated phenomena of the endocrine and generative systems of a female mammal from the beginning of one period of estrus to the beginning of the next

called also estral cycle, estrus cycle

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