ovum

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noun \ˈō-vəm\

Definition of ovum

plural

ova

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  1. :  a female gamete :  macrogamete —called also egg cell

Origin and Etymology of ovum

New Latin, from Latin, egg — more at egg


First Known Use: 1672


OVUM Defined for Kids

ovum

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noun \ˈō-vəm\

Definition of ovum for Students

plural

ova

\ˈō-və\

Medical Dictionary

ovum

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noun \ˈō-vəm\

Medical Definition of ovum

plural

ova

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  1. :  a female gamete :  macrogamete; especially :  a mature egg that has undergone reduction, is ready for fertilization, and takes the form of a relatively large inactive gamete providing a comparatively great amount of reserve material and contributing most of the cytoplasm of the zygote

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