ova

[ oh-vuh ]
/ ˈoʊ və /

noun

plural of ovum.

Definition for ova (2 of 2)

ovum

[ oh-vuh m ]
/ ˈoʊ vəm /

noun, plural o·va [oh-vuh] /ˈoʊ və/.

Cell Biology.
  1. the female reproductive cell or gamete of animals, which is capable of developing, usually only after fertilization, into a new individual.
  2. the female reproductive cell or gamete of plants.
Architecture. an oval ornament, as in an egg-and-dart molding.

Origin of ovum

1700–10; < Latin ōvum egg1; cognate with Greek ōión
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British Dictionary definitions for ova (1 of 2)

ova

/ (ˈəʊvə) /

noun

the plural of ovum

British Dictionary definitions for ova (2 of 2)

ovum

/ (ˈəʊvəm) /

noun plural ova (ˈəʊvə)

an unfertilized female gamete; egg cell

Word Origin for ovum

from Latin: egg
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Medicine definitions for ova

ovum

[ ōvəm ]

n. pl. o•va (ō)

The female reproductive cell or gamete; egg.

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Science definitions for ova

ovum

[ ōvəm ]

Plural ova

The mature reproductive cell of female animals, produced in the ovaries. See more at egg.

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Culture definitions for ova

ova

[ (oh-vuh) ]

sing. ovum

The female sex cells, produced in the ovary and released during ovulation; the eggs. An ovum must normally be fertilized (see fertilization) to develop into a new living thing.


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