ovu·​la·​tion | \ ˌäv-yə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce ovulation (audio) , ˌōv-\

Definition of ovulation

: the discharge of a mature ovum from the ovary

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Clemente’s brigade was able to get ahold of a handful of the U.N.-provided implants that prevent ovulation and last four years. Washington Post, "Venezuela crisis pushes women into ‘forced motherhood’," 21 Aug. 2019 The routine for O’Reilly, which is standard, required her to self-inject hormones twice a day for up to two weeks to stimulate egg production, along with another hormone to stave off ovulation until her eggs could be harvested. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Paying women to donate their eggs for research is still a terrible idea," 23 Aug. 2019 Alito himself notes that this would still be preventing pregnancy by its federal regulation standards, but in reality, both methods nearly always work by preventing either ovulation or fertilization — so that the moment of conception never happens. Dawn Huckelbridge, Teen Vogue, "Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Threatens Contraception Access, Too," 17 July 2018 This luteal phase of the cycle starts with the release of the egg at ovulation and ends when a period begins. Sara Twogood, Quartz, "The science behind why you crave carbs when you’re on your period," 7 Aug. 2019 For example, a doctor might suggest hormonal birth control to stop ovulation with the hope of reducing the severity of PMS symptoms. chicagotribune.com, "Can CBD help with PMS?," 5 Aug. 2019 In April, Zoo Miami welcomed the birth of the first rhino ever to be conceived from induced ovulation and artificial insemination. Fox News, "Rhino saved? Southern white rhino gives birth aided by artificial insemination," 1 Aug. 2019 Glow, based in San Francisco, is another smartphone app that calculates ovulation and tracks fertility. Mandy Behbehani, SFChronicle.com, "Tech boom in fertility apps aids women struggling to get pregnant," 30 July 2019 Scientists had long known that high levels of estrogen and progesterone effectively inhibited ovulation. Robert D. Mcfadden, BostonGlobe.com, "George Rosenkranz, a developer of the birth control pill, dies at 102," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of ovulation

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ovulation was in 1848

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ovu·​la·​tion | \ ˌäv-yə-ˈlā-shən also ˌōv-\

Medical Definition of ovulation

: the discharge of a mature ovum from the ovary

Other Words from ovulation

ovulate \ ˈäv-​yə-​ˌlāt also ˈōv-​ \ intransitive verb ovulated; ovulating

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