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

Examples of ovarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After trying to go back and forth between Seattle and Tallahassee during the last couple of months to be with her 81-year-old mom, who has ovarian cancer, Semrau decided to take a leave of absence for the coming season to spend time with her family. Doug Feinberg, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida State women’s coach taking leave to be with ill mom," 10 Sep. 2020 Karwan did get the VA to cover her in-vitro treatments after convincing the agency that her infertility was partly tied to her inability to get proper treatment for polycystic ovarian syndrome while on active duty. Amy Sokolow, USA TODAY, "The VA doesn’t cover fertility treatments for unmarried veterans or same-sex couples. Some want to change that.," 21 Aug. 2020 The AncestryHealth kit takes a look at a lot of different factors and risks, but the largest include hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndromes, Lynch syndrome, your carrier status for cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia and more. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "AncestryDNA's ultra-popular testing kits just dropped to a new price low," 6 Aug. 2020 Pierce Brosnan is remembering his daughter Charlotte, who died 7 years ago due to ovarian cancer. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Pierce Brosnan honors daughter Charlotte, 7 years after her death from ovarian cancer," 1 July 2020 On the flip side, there are plenty of cisgender women who don’t menstruate for reasons such as menopause, polycystic ovarian syndrome, uterine disorders, and birth control regimens. Hannah Seo, Popular Science, "Trans people’s access to health care is imperiled, but a recent Supreme Court case might help," 23 June 2020 Kelly hopes her return to the course can help spread awareness about ovarian cancer. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, "Former Ball State, HSE golfer Brittany Kelly ready to return after ovarian cancer battle," 2 June 2020 She was diagnosed with Stage I clear cell ovarian cancer. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, "Former Ball State, HSE golfer Brittany Kelly ready to return after ovarian cancer battle," 2 June 2020 The cause was ovarian cancer, said the dance artist Lisa Nelson, with whom Ms. Stark Smith created Contact Quarterly, a dance and improvisation journal, in 1975. Gia Kourlas, BostonGlobe.com, "Nancy Stark Smith, a founder of contact improvisation," 30 May 2020

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First Known Use of ovarian

1759, in the meaning defined above

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14 Sep 2020

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“Ovarian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ovarian. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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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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