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or ovarial

[oh-vair-ee-uh n] /oʊˈvɛər i ən/
of or relating to an ovary.
Origin of ovarian
First recorded in 1830-40; ovary + -an
Related forms
pseudovarian, adjective
subovarian, adjective
transovarian, adjective Unabridged
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"pertaining to an ovary or the ovaries," 1810, see ovary + -ian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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ovarian in Science
  1. The reproductive organ in female animals that produces eggs and the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone. In most vertebrate animals, the ovaries occur in pairs. In mammals, the ovaries contain numerous follicles, which house the developing eggs (oocytes). See more at menstrual cycle, ovulation.

  2. The part of a carpel or of a gynoecium made of fused carpels that contains the ovules in a flower. The ovary is located at the base of the carpel and ripens into a fruit after fertilization of one or more of the ovules. See more at flower.

ovarian adjective (ō-vâr'ē-ən)
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