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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ And many women who have had surgical removal of the ovaries find that the difference in desire can be quite sudden.
▪ At 21, she is beyond the normal breeding age, and her ovaries are not functioning.
▪ Estradiol-1 7, B is considered to be the true ovarian hormone because it is secreted almost entirely by the ovaries.
▪ It will convince each ovary that the other has won the trick.
▪ Most cases of ovarian cancer arise on the epithelial surface of the ovary, not in the ovary itself.
▪ Reproductive system After the menopause, women are no longer able to bear children, as their ovaries stop releasing eggs.
▪ The ovaries will begin to produce their eggs and discharge them, normally one at a time about once a month.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ovary \O"va*ry\ ([=o]"v[.a]*r[y^]), n.; pl. Ovaries ([=o]"v[.a]*r[i^]z). [NL. ovarium, fr. L. ovum egg: cf. F. ovaire. See Oval.]

  1. (Bot.) That part of the pistil which contains the seed, and in most flowering plants develops into the fruit. See Illust. of Flower.

  2. (Zo["o]l. & Anat.) The essential female reproductive organ in which the ova are produced. See Illust. of Discophora.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1650s, from Modern Latin ovarium "ovary" (16c.), from Medieval Latin ovaria "the ovary of a bird" (13c.), from Latin ovum "egg," from PIE *owyo-/*oyyo- "egg" (see egg (n.)). In classical Latin, ovarius meant "egg-keeper."


n. 1 (context anatomy English) A female reproductive organ, often paired, that produces ova and in mammals secretes the hormones estrogen and progesterone. 2 (context botany English) The lower part of a pistil or carpel that bears ovules and ripens into fruit.

  1. n. the organ that bears the ovules of a flower

  2. (vertebrates) one of usually two organs that produce ova and secrete estrogen and progesterone

''"Ovaria" redirects here. This is also a proposed section and a synonym of '' Solanum.

The ovary (From , literally "egg" or "nut") is an ovum-producing reproductive organ, often found in pairs in the female as part of the vertebrate female reproductive system. Birds have only one functional ovary (the left), while the other remains vestigial. Ovaries in females are analogous to testes in males, in that they are both gonads and endocrine glands. Although ovaries occur in a wide variety of animals, both vertebrate and invertebrate, this article is primarily about human ovaries.

Ovary (botany)

In the flowering plants, an ovary is a part of the female reproductive organ of the flower or gynoecium. Specifically, it is the part of the pistil which holds the ovule(s) and is located above or below or at the point of connection with the base of the petals and sepals. The pistil may be made up of one carpel or of several fused carpels (e.g. tricarpel), and therefore the ovary can contain part of one carpel or parts of several fused carpels. Above the ovary is the style and the stigma, which is where the pollen lands and germinates to grow down through the style to the ovary, and, for each individual pollen grain, to fertilize one individual ovule. Some wind pollinated flowers have much reduced and modified ovaries.

Usage examples of "ovary".

Over the years, her argument remains the same, that Anna should have had an adrenalectomy and her ovaries removed, as she had.

He also mentions the instance of congenital atresia of the vagina with hernia of both ovaries into the left groin in a servant of twenty, and the case of an imperforate vagina in a girl of nineteen with an undeveloped uterus.

While some fetuses contributed whole ovary preparations, others had their ovaries minced and cultured, and others were reduced to providing disaggregated germ cell lines.

One is that the right ovary furnishes the germs for males, the left for females that the right testicle furnishes sperm capable of fecundating the germs of males, and the left testicle, the germs of the left ovary, for females.

The close adherence of the tubes and ovaries to the fundus necessitated their removal.

The essential organs of generation, the testicles in the male and the ovaries in the female, perform the task of collecting these gemmules and forming them into sets, each of which constitutes a reproductive element, and contains, in rudimentary form, a representative of every part of the individual, including the most minute peculiarities.

After suffering from invagination of the bowel and inflammation of the ovarian tissue, an ovary was discharged through an opening in the sigmoid flexure, and thence expelled from the anus.

If obtaining human oocytes is the goal, the fetal ovary is the mother lode.

Fallopian tubes in the female, and vas deferens or vesiculae seminales in the male, rather than the ovaries or testicles.

Some plants, like humans, kept their sexes separate, the male anther in one flower, even in the flowers of one plant, and the female pistil, style, and ovary in a second flower or plant.

Weston incised the ovaries, looking for the cor 9 See Appendix 1: Delicatessen Pathologists.

Again, the cause of barrenness may either be a diseased condition of the ovaries, preventing them from maturing healthy germs, or chronic inflammation of the mucous membrane of the neck of the uterus, which does not render conception impossible, but improbable.

Well, they pulled out every estrogen source in her body-- full mastectomy, the lymph nodes, ovaries --and she had an adrenalectomy!

This noted operator performed, synchronously, double ovariotomy and resections of portions of the bladder and ileum, for a large medullary carcinomatous growth of the ovary, with surrounding involvement.

Zap and you have cancer of the cervix, rotting ovaries, one of those female things, and it metastasizes overnight and you come apart, turning into a puddle of stinking fluids in the county hospital.