graafian follicle

noun, often capitalized G
graaf·​ian follicle | \ ˈgrä-fē-ən- How to pronounce graafian follicle (audio) , ˈgra- \

Definition of graafian follicle

: a mature liquid-filled cavity in a mammalian ovary that ruptures during ovulation to release an egg

First Known Use of graafian follicle

1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for graafian follicle

Regnier de Graaf †1673 Dutch anatomist

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“Graafian follicle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/graafian%20follicle. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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graafian follicle

noun, often capitalized G
graaf·​ian follicle | \ ˌgräf-ē-ən- How to pronounce graafian follicle (audio) , ˌgraf- How to pronounce graafian follicle (audio) \

Medical Definition of graafian follicle

: a mature follicle in a mammalian ovary that contains a liquid-filled cavity and that ruptures during ovulation to release an egg

called also vesicular ovarian follicle

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