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

Examples of ovulation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If fertilization by the man's sperm is successful, the egg or eggs then implant in the uterus, the pregnancy begins and no further ovulation occurs. John Bonifield And Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 16 Apr. 2021 Donors and recipients answer questions about ovulation tests and what day to inseminate, and even recommend their favorite kit, syringe, or cup. Tonya Russell, The Atlantic, 21 May 2021 For your own success and productivity, co-hosting a podcast, launching a new program or booking a speaking gig will be optimal during ovulation because of your natural tendency to speak with clarity and convey your thoughts and emotions well. Yec, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Having children later in life also raises the chances multiple eggs will be released at once during ovulation, making conceiving twins more likely, New Scientist reports. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021 Scientists have speculated that the advent of bottle-feeding may have allowed local mothers to resume ovulation, which is frequently halted during nursing. Abigail Tucker, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 May 2021 These hormones can also inhibit the normal levels of reproductive hormones, which can suppress ovulation. Eleanor Morgan, refinery29.com, 29 Mar. 2021 And in the unusual case of triplets, those eggs are all released with one ovulation. John Bonifield And Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 16 Apr. 2021 Stix, which also sells ovulation tests and pain relief for urinary-tract infections, last year raised a $1.3 million seed round and next week will announce further funding, Ms. Plotch said. Katie Deighton, WSJ, 14 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of ovulation

1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Ovulation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ovulation. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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