ovo·​vi·​vip·​a·​rous | \ ˈō-vō-ˌvī-ˈvi-p(ə-)rəs How to pronounce ovoviviparous (audio) \

Definition of ovoviviparous

: producing eggs that develop within the maternal body (as of various fishes or reptiles) and hatch within or immediately after release from the parent

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Other Words from ovoviviparous

ovoviviparously adverb
ovoviviparousness noun

Examples of ovoviviparous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like other ovoviviparous species, the Suriname toad can give her eggs some protection by carrying them around—useful in a world full of hungry egg predators. Jake Buehler, National Geographic, "This frog’s babies erupt out of its back—and other surprising ways animals give birth," 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of ovoviviparous

1801, in the meaning defined above

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“Ovoviviparous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ovoviviparous. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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ovo·​vi·​vip·​a·​rous | \ -ˌvī-ˈvip-(ə-)rəs How to pronounce ovoviviparous (audio) \

Medical Definition of ovoviviparous

: producing eggs that develop within the maternal body and hatch within or immediately after extrusion from the parent — compare larviparous, oviparous, viviparous

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