ova·​ry | \ ˈō-və-rē How to pronounce ovary (audio) , ˈōv-rē \
plural ovaries

Definition of ovary

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Epithelial tumors, which start from the cells that cover the outer surface of the ovary, make up most ovarian cancers. Korin Miller, Health.com, 15 June 2021 In the hospital, doctors performed an ultrasound to rule out some worst-case scenarios, then admitted Kathryn for observation to monitor whether her ovary was starting to develop another cyst. Maia Szalavitz, Wired, 11 Aug. 2021 Ovarian cancer may also be in the fallopian tubes, the structures that move your egg from the ovary to your uterus each month, or the peritoneum, the tissue lining that covers organs in your abdomen, the CDC says. Korin Miller, Health.com, 15 June 2021 Stromal tumors start from structural tissue cells that hold the ovary together and produce the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Korin Miller, Health.com, 15 June 2021 The carpel grabs the pollen and transfers it to a chamber called an ovary, where seeds develop. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 26 May 2021 Part of the reason PCOS flies under the radar in general and with regards to Covid-19, according to Arlt and Sherif, is because it is often dismissed as a women's health issue -- an obstacle of the ovary. Alessandria Masi, CNN, 23 May 2021 If they do get pollinated, the ovary of the flower develops into a fruit, Primack explained. BostonGlobe.com, 20 May 2021 Angiosperms, or flowering plants that have seeds enclosed by an ovary or fruit, are broken into monocots (one seed leaf, like grasses, yuccas, greenbrier and palms) and dicots (with two seed leaves, like apples, cherries and dogwoods). Janet B. Carson, Arkansas Online, 15 May 2021

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First Known Use of ovary

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ovary

New Latin ovarium, from Latin ovum egg

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English Language Learners Definition of ovary

: one of usually two organs in women and female animals that produce eggs and female hormones
: the part of a flower where seeds are formed


ova·​ry | \ ˈō-və-rē How to pronounce ovary (audio) \
plural ovaries

Kids Definition of ovary

1 : one of the usually two organs in the body of female animals in which eggs are produced
2 : the larger rounded lower part of the pistil of a flower that contains the ovules in which the seeds are formed


ova·​ry | \ ˈōv-(ə-)rē How to pronounce ovary (audio) \
plural ovaries

Medical Definition of ovary

: 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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