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corpus luteum

[kawr-puh s loo-tee-uh m]
noun, plural cor·po·ra lu·te·a [kawr-per-uh loo-tee-uh] /ˈkɔr pər ə ˈlu ti ə/.
  1. Anatomy, Zoology. a ductless gland developed within the ovary by the reorganization of a Graafian follicle following ovulation.
  2. Pharmacology. an extract of this gland, usually of the hog or cow, the chief product of which is progesterone.
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Origin of corpus luteum

1780–90; < New Latin: yellow body
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British Dictionary definitions for corpus luteum

corpus luteum

noun plural corpora lutea (ˈluːtɪə)
  1. a yellow glandular mass of tissue that forms in a Graafian follicle following release of an ovum. It secretes progesterone, a hormone necessary to maintain pregnancy
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Word Origin

New Latin, literally: yellow body
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corpus luteum in Medicine

corpus luteum

(lōōtē-əm)
n.
  1. A yellow, progesterone-secreting mass of cells that forms from a Graafian follicle after the release of a mature egg.yellow body
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corpus luteum in Science

corpus luteum

[lōōtē-əm]
Plural corpora lutea
  1. A yellow mass of cells that forms from a mature ovarian follicle after ovulation and that secretes progesterone. If fertilization of the egg occurs, the corpus luteum persists for the first few months of pregnancy.
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