reproductive system

noun

Definition of reproductive system

: the system of organs and parts which function in reproduction consisting in the male especially of the testes, penis, seminal vesicles, prostate, and urethra and in the female especially of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, vagina, and vulva

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Their reproductive system is limited, and females will be carrying far fewer unfertilized eggs in the autumn. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Declining monarch-butterfly populations may be hard to restore," 25 June 2019 Fourth-graders learn the basic parts of the male and female reproductive system. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Sex ed in Arizona: How does it work? What are schools allowed to teach?," 24 June 2019 Their insurance policy defined infertility physiologically: from its perspective, Pellittieri couldn’t receive an infertility diagnosis until doctors discovered something wrong with her reproductive system. Anna Louie Sussman, The New Yorker, "The Case for Redefining Infertility," 18 June 2019 But for many of us, the answer was strongly the opposite, and yet this discovery was arriving right around the time our reproductive systems were closing down shop. Kim Brooks, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New Frontier of Fertility Tests—for Young Women," 1 Nov. 2018 In fact, ovarian cancer is the deadliest cancer of the reproductive system in people with ovaries in the United States. Korin Miller, SELF, "Why Is the 5-Year Survival Rate for Ovarian Cancer So Low?," 21 Nov. 2018 Quad goals Perhaps one of the most unusual reproductive systems, however, is that of the white-throated sparrow. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Alternatives to Heterosexual Pairings, Brought to You By Non-Human Animals," 28 June 2018 In the 19th century, many doctors believed that breast cancer was caused by deviation from appropriate womanhood, from failing to use one’s female reproductive system correctly, which of course meant childbearing and breastfeeding. Sascha Cohen, SELF, "I Felt Like I Deserved My Breast Cancer," 17 May 2018 Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. Dr. Lisa Abaid, latimes.com, "Genetic screening can inform women of their breast and ovarian cancer risks," 5 July 2018

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1821, in the meaning defined above

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reproductive system

noun

Medical Definition of reproductive system

: the system of organs and parts which function in reproduction consisting in the male especially of the testes, penis, seminal vesicles, prostate, and urethra and in the female especially of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, vagina, and vulva

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