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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With the support of her husband and the health professionals at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Allison waged a heroic, decade-long struggle against ovarian cancer. courant.com, "Allison G. Thomson-Vicuna," 18 July 2019 Questions about the product’s safety have led to more than 14,000 lawsuits from consumers asserting that the company’s talc caused their ovarian cancer or mesothelioma, a rare form of the disease linked to asbestos exposure. Washington Post, "VW, Ford join in broad robocar partnership," 13 July 2019 Scientists have found strong links between asbestos and mesothelioma, while plaintiffs' lawyers claim that studies have also shown a link between talc and ovarian cancer. Jef Feeley, latimes.com, "J&J faces criminal investigation over baby powder’s potential cancer risks," 12 July 2019 Bertrand died of ovarian cancer in 2007 after over 7 years of battling the disease. Mary Green, PEOPLE.com, "Inside Angelina Jolie's Paris Trip with Godmother Jacqueline Bisset: 'They're Very Close'," 11 July 2019 Nearly 300 Geisinger patients have learned about their higher risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Blood samples reveal valuable data — and life-changing surprises for donors," 5 July 2019 Shawver is also a survivor of ovarian cancer; she was diagnosed in 2006. San Diego Union-Tribune, "3 paths to becoming a successful female biotech CEO," 4 July 2019 Lori Conners, 64, suffered from ovarian cancer that had metastasized, the affidavit said. Lauren Del Valle, CNN, "A Connecticut man is charged with manslaughter for allegedly assisting in wife's suicide," 21 June 2019 But what finally got the Supreme Court involved was a test for mutations in genes known as BRCA1 and BRCA2, associated with a strong predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer. Faye Flam, Twin Cities, "Faye Flam: Corporations shouldn’t be able to patent your DNA," 20 June 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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