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corpus luteum

[ kawr-puhs loo-tee-uhm ]
/ ˈkɔr pəs ˈlu ti əm /
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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.
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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
/ (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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Scientific definitions for corpus luteum

corpus luteum
[ lōōtē-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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