ovar·i·an | \ō-ˈver-ē-ən \
variants: or less commonly ovarial \ō-ˈver-ē-əl \

Definition of ovarian 

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

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The Washington Post’s Ben Guarino reports that to produce the hybrid embryos, scientists retrieved the southern females’ eggs with a 60-inch-long instrument that enables the collection of ovarian tissue. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "With Hybrid Embryo, Scientists Are One Step Closer to Saving the Northern White Rhino," 5 July 2018 These women often cannot save their ovarian tissue for fertility, because of fear of remaining cancer cells. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Artificial ovary may help some cancer patients, but it's far from ready," 2 July 2018 Irregular ovulation, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome and diminished ovarian reserve due to age contribute to female infertility. Brennan Peterson, chicagotribune.com, "5 myths about infertility," 26 June 2018 These technological solutions can not only help women trying to get pregnant, but also those who may want to get pregnant later in life and want to measure their ovarian reserve. Wired Staff, WIRED, "The Quantified Ovary," 1 June 2018 The follicle stimulating hormone test (FSH) and the antimullerian hormone (AMH) blood tests gives me a sense of my ovarian reserve. Nicole Ellis, Washington Post, "‘Should I freeze my eggs?’: A doctor’s second opinion made all the difference," 2 May 2018 Yet, my lab results showed low ovarian reserve, poor egg quality and a single follicle on each ovary (instead of about 10 on each ovary for a fertile women). Sarah Kowalski, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Misleading Promise of IVF for Women Over 40," 21 Feb. 2018 For both ovarian and pancreatic cancer, only 10 cases were detected, while only five people with hepatobiliary cancer were identified. Rory Smith, CNN, "Blood test offers hope of finding cancers before symptoms develop," 1 June 2018 The ten other cancers cited are: endometrial; gallbladder; kidney; liver; mouth, pharynx and larynx; oesophageal; ovarian; pancreatic; prostrate; stomach. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Report: Obesity linked to 12 types of cancers, including breast and colorectal," 24 May 2018

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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- \
variants: also ovarial \-ē-əl \

Medical Definition of ovarian 

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

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