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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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 She was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and then later with lung cancer, which ended her life in 1976. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "The Woman Who Revealed the Missing Link Between Viruses and Cancer," 17 June 2019 Now more than a year after Mussio’s death due to ovarian cancer, Yarbrough and her colleagues sought to have Mussio’s memory preserved at the school through a painting. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Elmwood Park teacher memorialized in artwork by former student," 13 June 2019 Consumer products company Johnson & Johnson faces legal claims that its baby powder and a defunct shower product caused ovarian cancer and another cancer linked to asbestos. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "FDA finds asbestos in more cosmetics from Claire's Stores and Beauty Plus Global," 7 June 2019 McKenna Shea Xydias, of Senoia, Georgia, had an ovarian yolk sac tumor, according to Good Morning America, and went through four rounds of chemotherapy. Caitlin Keating, PEOPLE.com, "2-Year-Old Georgia Girl Beats Rare Form of Ovarian Cancer: 'She's a Rock Star'," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of ovarian

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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