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

Examples of ovary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kirsten, who had been diagnosed with cancer at the age of 32 in April 2021, after doctors discovered a mass the size of a grapefruit on her ovary, had been a massive fan of the reality TV show since her youth. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 10 June 2024 This condition is denoted by cysts on the ovaries, failure to release eggs during ovulation cycles and an enlarged uterus. Aaron Boorstein, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 June 2024 The procedure begins with the harvesting of unfertilized eggs from a woman’s ovaries. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2024 Miranda, meanwhile, finds out that one of her ovaries is no longer working. Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, Vulture, 1 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for ovary 

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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 18 Jun. 2024.

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
1
: 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
2
: the female reproductive structure of an angiosperm that bears ovules and is enclosed in a flower

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