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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Zejula is one of a new class of drugs known as PARP inhibitors, which have increased survival rates for women with recurrent ovarian cancer. Kimberly Chin, WSJ, "GlaxoSmithKline to Acquire Tesaro for $4.16 Billion," 3 Dec. 2018 Taking oral contraceptives may help lower your risk of developing ovarian cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. Korin Miller, SELF, "Why Is the 5-Year Survival Rate for Ovarian Cancer So Low?," 21 Nov. 2018 So when his wife Laura was diagnosed with ovarian cancer 17 years ago as a young mother, Ryan sold the white 1993 Ford Mustang GT to help pay for her medical bills. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Children buy back beloved Ford Mustang dad sold to pay mom's cancer bills 17 years ago," 17 Sep. 2018 The problem isn’t just that symptoms typically arise when ovarian cancer is more advanced. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here's Why Early Ovarian Cancer Symptoms Are So Vague," 5 Nov. 2018 Pierce’s first wife, Cassandra, died in 1991 after fighting ovarian cancer. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Pierce Brosnan Wrote a Sweet Tribute to His Wife to Celebrate 25 Years Together," 19 July 2018 For mothers, breastfeeding leads to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, certain types of breast cancer, and ovarian cancer. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Women Really Quit Breastfeeding," 17 July 2018 Lois Slemp, 62, of Wise, Virginia, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "Johnson & Johnson Was Ordered to Pay a Record-Setting Verdict [Update]," 16 July 2018 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

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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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