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

Definition of ovarian

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

Examples of ovarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Sunday, the Mighty Moose 5k Run/Walk will also be held at Concord-Carlisle in honor of Concord resident Jenna Swaim, who died of ovarian cancer in 2018, to raise money for the same cause. BostonGlobe.com, 20 Sep. 2021 The five-year survival rate for ovarian cancer is 48%, with 70 being the average age of death from the disease. Natalie Walters, Dallas News, 17 Sep. 2021 But this effectively ignores the fact cis women can have elevated testosterone levels as well — for example, due to conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which affects 10% of women. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, 4 June 2021 My question concerns the benefits and risks of taking oral estrogen following removal of ovaries and uterus due to my concerns about ovarian cancer. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 26 Aug. 2021 Then, in January of 2019, Nicole Elliott Herrmann, Nick’s mother, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Aug. 2021 An estimated 12,000 women and their families have sued J&J over the past 25 years, according to The New York Times, after multiple studies found a notable association between talc use and ovarian cancer. Chauncey Alcorn, CNN, 28 July 2021 Thousands of lawsuits have alleged that the use of baby powder led to ovarian cancer. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 27 July 2021 In 2011, Miller was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. Emily Adams, USA TODAY, 22 July 2021

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First Known Use of ovarian

1759, in the meaning defined above

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“Ovarian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ovarian. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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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 ovarian (audio) \

Medical Definition of ovarian

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

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