ovary

noun

ova·​ry ˈō-və-rē How to pronounce ovary (audio)
ˈōv-rē
plural ovaries
1
: one of the typically paired essential female reproductive organs that produce eggs and in vertebrates female sex hormones
2
: the enlarged rounded usually basal portion of the pistil or gynoecium of an angiospermous plant that bears the ovules and consists of one or more carpels see flower illustration

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Cysts are sacs of fluid that form in or on an ovary. Kaitlyn Pirie, Good Housekeeping, 25 Sep. 2022 Friel spoke at a rally in July and revealed that when his wife Mary was pregnant with their son 23 years ago, doctors discovered a tumor on her ovary. Abigail Abrams, Time, 28 Oct. 2022 In July, doctors discovered the mass on her ovary and uterus. Gina Vivinetto, NBC News, 30 Sep. 2022 In July, doctors found a football-sized tumor on her uterus and left ovary. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 28 Sep. 2022 When a woman ovulates, a follicle in her ovary releases an egg. Kaitlin Sullivan, NBC News, 26 Sep. 2022 Johnson & Johnson had five experts who disputed the link between talc and cancer and suggested that the talc found in Berg’s ovary was from contamination of the sample at the hospital where she was treated. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 12 Sep. 2022 Probably a blood clot, the nurse practitioner told her when a subsequent ultrasound showed something on an ovary. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 12 Sep. 2022 Because ovaries enlarge during IVF, there’s risk that physical activity could lead to ovarian torsion, or twisting, a rare but dangerous condition that could require surgery and lead to loss of the ovary. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, 19 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin ovarium, from Latin ovum egg

First Known Use

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ovary was in 1658

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Cite this Entry

“Ovary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ovary. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

ovary

noun
ova·​ry ˈōv-(ə-)rē How to pronounce ovary (audio)
plural ovaries
1
: one of the usually paired organs in the body of female animals that produces eggs and that in female vertebrates also produces sex hormones
2
: the enlarged rounded lower part of the pistil of a flower in which seeds are formed

Medical Definition

ovary

noun
ova·​ry ˈōv-(ə-)rē How to pronounce ovary (audio)
plural ovaries
: one of the typically paired essential female reproductive organs that produce eggs and in vertebrates female sex hormones, that occur in the adult human as oval flattened bodies about one and a half inches (four centimeters) long suspended from the dorsal surface of the broad ligament of either side, that arise from the mesonephros, and that consist of a vascular fibrous stroma enclosing developing egg cells

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