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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web According to the outlet, Laura's colon cancer has since metastasized into ovarian cancer. Jason Hahn, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2022 The epidemiologist who helped convince jurors that baby powder likely causes ovarian cancer is now equally convinced of the dangers of frequent acetaminophen use during pregnancy. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 9 Nov. 2022 Fans of Low are continuing to mourn Mimi Parker, who died Saturday after battling ovarian cancer. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 7 Nov. 2022 Tenuta's manager, Roger Paul, confirmed to The New York Times that her cause of death was ovarian cancer. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 7 Oct. 2022 Not everyone suing Johnson & Johnson is part of that M.D.L., and not all of the plaintiffs have ovarian cancer. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 12 Sep. 2022 Chris Evert's return to the commentator's seat after completing chemotherapy for ovarian cancer. Jamie Fiore Higgins, Fortune, 29 Aug. 2022 Since being diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, a hormonal imbalance that can cause a woman not to ovulate regularly, Murgatroyd is feeling positive about the journey to her second child. Angela Andaloro, PEOPLE.com, 15 July 2022 Another tunicate, Ecteinascidia turbinata, which attaches to submerged mangrove roots, yielded the molecular mixture that led to Yondelis, a sarcoma and ovarian cancer drug, and Zepzelca, which targets small-cell lung cancer. Stephanie Stone, Scientific American, 23 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1759, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 5 Dec. 2022.

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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