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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After living for three-and-a-half years with metastatic ovarian cancer, and withstanding the brutalities of various medical treatments, Mom had entered into home hospice care. Rachel Vorona Cote, SELF, "Why I Embraced Skin Care After My Mother's Death," 18 Apr. 2019 Last year in Missouri, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $4.7 billion to 22 plaintiffs who believed the powder caused ovarian cancer. Arthur W. Lambert, WSJ, "What Causes Cancer? It’s Complicated," 1 Apr. 2019 That was the weight, in pounds, of an ovarian tumor that was removed earlier this year from a 38-year-old Connecticut woman. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things for May 4: Hawaii volcano, South Korea, Cohen, Arizona teachers, Nobel Prize," 4 May 2018 Media reports show this may not be the largest ovarian tumor ever removed — in the early 1990s, doctors in California removed a gargantuan 303-pound tumor, as reported by a gynecologic oncology journal. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "Connecticut Woman's Rare 132-Pound Tumor Removed In Lifesaving Surgery," 4 May 2018 Earlier this year, a team of doctors in Connecticut removed an 132-pound mucinous ovarian tumor from a 38-year-old woman—one of the largest operations on record of this type of tumor. Kathleen Mulpeter, Health.com, "This 38-Year-Old Woman Had an 132-Pound Ovarian Tumor Removed," 4 May 2018 High levels of estradiol can be a sign that your body is working especially hard to produce eggs, and can mean that your ovarian reserve is getting low. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "What Kind of Testing Will My Fertility Specialist Conduct?," 1 Oct. 2018 But my ovarian reserve is not an indicator of natural fertility, Gracia told me. Nicole Ellis, Washington Post, "‘Should I freeze my eggs?’: A doctor’s second opinion made all the difference," 2 May 2018 Revenue from AstraZeneca’s oncology drugs, such as Tagrisso for lung cancer and Lynparza for ovarian cancer, increased 49% to $6 billion. Denise Roland, WSJ, "AstraZeneca Turns a Corner After a Decade of Struggles," 14 Feb. 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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