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
Recent Examples of ovary from the Web
The berry, technically speaking, develops from the ovary of a flower.
Schwab has two uteruses and two cervixes, with one functioning ovary on the right side; her vagina is separated into two canals by a septum.
In his picture, the egg emerged from the female’s ovary and combined somehow with semen from the male to form a new organism.
Saudi sheikhs have even argued that women who drive damage their ovaries and thus bear children with medical problems.
The high amounts of insulin circulating in the blood may stimulate the ovaries to produce more androgens.
In females, the cloaca holds an organ housing the ovaries.
All of these effects stem from the drop in estrogen levels as the ovaries fail.
Some of those issues are difficult to talk about – premature menopause after younger women lose their ovaries and/or uterus to eradicate the cancer, for example.
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Origin and Etymology of ovary
New Latin ovarium, from Latin ovum egg
First Known Use: 1658See Words from the same year
OVARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ovary for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of ovary for Students
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
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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