ovary

noun
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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Because the two-ton animal’s ovaries are three to four feet from its rump, the process is difficult at best, says Barbara Durrant, the zoo’s director of reproductive sciences. Daniel Fernandez, Smithsonian, "Can the Northern White Rhino Be Brought Back From the Brink of Extinction?," 22 May 2018 Sadly, difficulty detecting this disease early enough is inextricably tied with cancer of the ovaries being the deadliest reproductive health cancer out there. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here's Why Early Ovarian Cancer Symptoms Are So Vague," 5 Nov. 2018 During embryonic development in human males, reproductive structures morph into proto-testes deep in the abdomen (in females, these same structures go on to form ovaries). Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "The Earliest Mammals Kept Their Cool With Descended Testicles," 28 June 2018 Similarly, male flowers have small, nonfunctional ovaries. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Your Own Kiwis In Your Backyard," 6 Feb. 2018 Recently, his unit was called on to develop a technique to cryopreserve and transplant chicken ovaries. Sena Christian, Newsweek, "Breakfast in Post-Apocalypse America: Inside Colorado's Fort Knox of Food," 19 Nov. 2015 This is followed by seven to 12 days of hormone injections to stimulate the ovaries and facilitate the development of multiple follicles (a.k.a. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "Health & Fitness," 1 Oct. 2018 Medical treatments may also be necessary for those who enter menopause because of chemotherapy and radiation, oophorectomy (the surgical removal of the ovaries), or premature menopause, which is when women enter menopause before the age of 40. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "How Long Does Menopause Last?," 6 Sep. 2018 Normally, an egg is released from a little sac on your ovary called a follicle. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Kate Beckinsale Reveals She Went to the Hospital for a Ruptured Ovarian Cyst," 28 Jan. 2019

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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 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

ovary

noun
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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