ovar·​i·​an ō-ˈver-ē-ən How to pronounce ovarian (audio)
variants or less commonly ovarial
: of, relating to, or involving an ovary
ovarian cancer

Examples of ovarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Conditions that predominantly affect men also receive more attention and funding than those that affect women: Despite ranking fifth in lethality among cancers, for instance, ovarian cancer comes 12th in terms of the resources devoted to it. Mary McNamara, The Mercury News, 15 May 2024 Burnette, 37, who works for the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, fostered and later adopted another child, then had a baby through IVF in 2017 − and that pregnancy revealed Stage 3 ovarian cancer. Phaedra Trethan, USA TODAY, 10 May 2024 At the time, the mom was hopeful that the family's social media videos would raise awareness of ovarian cancer in young women and, one day, serve as a time capsule for Weston of their time together. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 10 May 2024 Chemical hair straighteners have also been associated with risks of uterine cancer, breast cancer and even ovarian cancer — especially for Black women. Jonathan Franklin, NPR, 8 May 2024 That was frightening for investors, considering there are more than 50,000 total ovarian cancer claimants. Will Daniel, Fortune, 1 May 2024 Additionally, this would also settle current and future ovarian cancer claims. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 2 May 2024 The toxic chemical has been linked to lung cancer, ovarian cancer, laryngeal cancer, and mesothelioma, a cancer that develops in the lining of some internal organs. Michael Regan, TIME, 2 May 2024 In 2021, a Missouri jury ordered J&J to pay roughly $2.1 billion to a group of just 22 women who said asbestos in the company’s talc products had caused their ovarian cancer. Will Daniel, Fortune, 1 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1759, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ovarian was in 1759

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Cite this Entry

“Ovarian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ovarian. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


ovar·​i·​an ō-ˈvar-ē-ən How to pronounce ovarian (audio)
: of, relating to, or produced by an ovary
ovarian hormones

Medical Definition


ovar·​i·​an ō-ˈvar-ē-ən, -ˈver- How to pronounce ovarian (audio)
variants also ovarial
: of, relating to, affecting, or involving an ovary
ovarian functions

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