[ kawr-puh s loo-tee-uh m ]
/ ˈkɔr pəs ˈlu ti əm /
noun, plural cor·po·ra lu·te·a [kawr-per-uh loo-tee-uh] /ˈkɔr pər ə ˈlu ti ə/.
Anatomy, Zoology. a ductless gland developed within the ovary by the reorganization of a Graafian follicle following ovulation.
Pharmacology. an extract of this gland, usually of the hog or cow, the chief product of which is progesterone.
Words nearby corpus luteum
Origin of corpus luteum
1780–90; < New Latin: yellow body
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British Dictionary definitions for corpus luteum
/ (ˈluːtɪəm) /
noun plural corpora lutea (ˈluːtɪə)
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
Word Origin for corpus luteum
New Latin, literally: yellow body
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Medicine definitions for corpus luteum
[ lōō′tē-əm ]
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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Science definitions for corpus luteum
[ lōō′tē-əm ]
Plural corpora lutea
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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