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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Examples of ovulation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My doctor decides to start me right away on a drug called Clomid, which stimulates ovulation. refinery29.com, "Fertility Diary: I’ve Spent $4,000 Trying To Get Pregnant During COVID-19," 30 June 2020 The startup Modern Fertility is introducing new pregnancy and ovulation tests that make an intentional choice: neither features a cute baby anywhere. Fortune, "Why Stacey Abrams sees reason for optimism in the Georgia primary voting mess," 18 June 2020 Modern Fertility’s product, with the help of its app, gives a specific value of the luteinizing hormone that leads to ovulation and tracks its level over time, instead of giving just a simple positive or negative. Beth Kowitt, Fortune, "A revolution in the ‘family planning’ aisle: pregnancy tests with baby-free branding," 17 June 2020 Illness isn’t the only reason to keep a thermometer on hand—your temperature can be used to track your ovulation for family planning. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "The 6 Best Thermometers You Can Buy Online Right Now, According to Customer Reviews," 17 June 2020 In females, for example, hormones present at ovulation can drive a woman to choose a cocky, confident man with a slight stubble and more masculine features. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "A woman's eggs choose lucky sperm during last moments of conception, study finds," 9 June 2020 On a recent Sunday, a few newbies—an educator in the U.K., an obstetrician in New York City, a P.R. manager for an ovulation-tracking app in Berlin—gathered on Houseparty for a birthday celebration. Fergus Mcintosh, The New Yorker, "Zoom Fatigue? Try Houseparty," 1 June 2020 When at least one mature follicle on the ultrasound measures over 20 millimeters, ovulation is likely to happen soon. Christina Caron, New York Times, "Getting Pregnant With IUI: What You Need to Know," 18 Apr. 2020 This approach is also common for women with certain hormonal conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome, in which ovulation doesn’t occur regularly. Brooke Borel, New York Times, "Your Guide to Fertility and Getting Pregnant," 17 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of ovulation

1848, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jul 2020

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“Ovulation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ovulation. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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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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