ovar·​i·​an | \ ō-ˈver-ē-ən How to pronounce ovarian (audio) \
variants: or less commonly ovarial \ ō-​ˈver-​ē-​əl How to pronounce ovarial (audio) \

Definition of ovarian

: of, relating to, or involving an ovary ovarian cancer

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Marianne Turnbull, 61, of St. Paul, has been living with stage 4 ovarian cancer since 2015. Steve Karnowski, Twin Cities, "Minnesota lawmakers will hear assisted suicide bill," 10 Sep. 2019 Anderson, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer four years ago, told Fox 9. Fox News, "Terminally ill nurse gets bucket list wish: a ride-along in a cop car," 27 Aug. 2019 To date, there is no approved screening test for ovarian cancer, but this early research proves promising. Elizabeth Heubeck, baltimoresun.com, "Rising Hereford High junior takes plunge: From competitive swimmer to volunteer coach, Caroline Benda follows in mom’s footsteps," 22 Aug. 2019 Breastfeeding significantly reduces a baby’s chances of obesity and diabetes, and lowers mom’s chances of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and heart disease. Kevin Scott Smith, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Encourage more African-American moms to breastfeed," 22 Aug. 2019 Juries have awarded millions of dollars in high-profile cases that linked Johnson & Johnson baby powder products to cases of ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. Olivia Fleming & Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Ultimate Guide to Clean Beauty," 12 Aug. 2019 Teresa Lupinek, former executive administrative assistant to the president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, who was also a talented artist, died Aug. 2 from ovarian cancer at her Catonsville home. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, "Teresa Lupinek, executive assistant to the president of UMBC, was also a talented artist," 11 Aug. 2019 Dempsey founded the nonprofit in honor of his mother, Amanda Dempsey, who died of ovarian cancer in 2014. Martha Merrow, BostonGlobe.com, "Patrick Dempsey walks red carpet at Seaport premiere of ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’," 8 Aug. 2019 Neither profile in the report fits the case of Mary Klein, a 70-year-old Crestwood resident with ovarian cancer who became the public face for the aid-in-dying movement in the District. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "Two terminally ill D.C. residents legally ended their lives in 2018, report says," 3 Aug. 2019

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1759, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of ovarian

: of or relating to an ovary


ovar·​i·​an | \ ō-ˈvar-ē-ən, -ˈver- How to pronounce ovarian (audio) \
variants: also ovarial \ -​ē-​əl How to pronounce ovarial (audio) \

Medical Definition of ovarian

: of, relating to, affecting, or involving an ovary ovarian functions

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