ovary

noun
ova·​ry | \ ˈō-və-rē , 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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With the help of the transvaginal ultrasound, the doctor took pictures of my uterus and ovaries, manually counting each follicle. Nicole Ellis, Washington Post, "I thought time was on my side. Then I got my test results for egg freezing.," 31 Jan. 2018 And a dermoid cyst on an ovary can cause the organ to twist on itself like a kinked garden hose, Dr. Khalil explains. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Did You Know Dermoid Cysts Can Have Hair, Skin, and TEETH?," 15 Jan. 2019 One cycle includes stimulating the ovaries with synthetic hormones to produce multiple eggs. Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "The in vitro fertilization process and what's at risk. Your questions answered," 10 Mar. 2018 Blood tests will check reproductive hormone levels, which can indirectly demonstrate the quality and number of eggs in a woman’s ovaries. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "What Kind of Testing Will My Fertility Specialist Conduct?," 1 Oct. 2018 Despite the needles and swollen ovaries and parade of doctors and nurses exploring your uterus with wands, the infamous Two Week Wait is the worst part of IVF. Pamela Tsigdinos, Marie Claire, "The Wild World of IVF, Explained," 1 Oct. 2018 The American Cancer Society says some studies looking at whether the powder can cause cancer in the ovaries have found a small uptick in risk, while others didn’t find any increase. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "J&J Hit With $4.7 Billion Jury Verdict in Baby Powder Suit," 12 July 2018 Even before debuting on the show in 2006, Brown had one ovary and several lymph nodes removed due to cancer. Jack Wisniewski, Fox News, "8 reality TV tragedies," 31 Aug. 2018 Many female carriers will ultimately choose to have their breasts and ovaries removed by their mid-forties. Pamela Munster, WSJ, "My Father’s Fight Against the Breast-Cancer Gene," 28 Sep. 2018

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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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ovary

noun

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

ovary

noun
ova·​ry | \ ˈō-və-rē \
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

ovary

noun
ova·​ry | \ ˈōv-(ə-)rē \
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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