ovu·la·tion | \ˌäv-yə-ˈlā-shən, ˌōv-\

Definition of ovulation 

: the discharge of a mature ovum from the ovary

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ovulate \ˈäv-yə-ˌlāt, ˈōv- \ verb

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The paper confirmed Estes’s suspicion that the collective drone of bull wildebeests’ mating calls had a significant effect on the ovulation of females. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "How Noisy Males Control the Gnu’s Cycle," 11 July 2018 Irregular ovulation, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome and diminished ovarian reserve due to age contribute to female infertility. Brennan Peterson, chicagotribune.com, "5 myths about infertility," 26 June 2018 The app stores this information and uses a proprietary algorithm to predict ovulation over time. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Silicon Valley Takes on the Future of Fertility," 31 May 2018 With a pink icon featuring sperm on a clock, the application provides an array of trackers such as basal body temperature, ovulation and menstruation to advise the best days to try to conceive. Serenitie Wang, CNN, "Recovering from one child: China's growing fertility problem," 7 May 2018 GnRH agonists suppress ovulation and essentially induce premature menopause. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "11 Symptoms of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder You Shouldn’t Ignore," 6 Feb. 2018 That's where Clark would attempt to inseminate Y.L. with Castellanos' semen three to four times a day during Y.L.'s ovulation periods over the next nine months. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "She smuggled a woman into the U.S. to have a baby. Now, she'll do time for slavery," 5 June 2018 And a considerably younger couple is delighted with the possibilities presented by the Clearblue ovulation test system. Joanne Kaufman, New York Times, "A Sign of ‘Modern Society’: More Multiracial Families in Commercials," 3 June 2018 The female offspring developed symptoms resembling PCOS, such as rare ovulation and high testosterone levels. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "Scientists may be closer to understanding a mysterious but common cause of female infertility," 14 May 2018

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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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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