ova

[oh-vuh]
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ovum

[oh-vuh m]
noun, plural o·va [oh-vuh] /ˈoʊ və/.
  1. 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.
  2. 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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Related Words for ova

seed, egg, gamete, spore, oosphere

Examples from the Web for ova

Historical Examples of ova

  • The ova will now adhere together, and some water should be added.

    Amateur Fish Culture

    Charles Edward Walker

  • It is advisable that the ova should be obtained from the fish.

    Amateur Fish Culture

    Charles Edward Walker

  • The ova should be watched during this time, and the dead ones removed.

    Amateur Fish Culture

    Charles Edward Walker

  • The shells of the ova must be removed from the hatching trays.

    Amateur Fish Culture

    Charles Edward Walker

  • Everything should now be ready for the reception of the ova.

    Amateur Fish Culture

    Charles Edward Walker


British Dictionary definitions for ova

ova

noun
  1. the plural of ovum

ovum

noun plural ova (ˈəʊvə)
  1. an unfertilized female gamete; egg cell

Word Origin for ovum

from Latin: egg
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Word Origin and History for ova

ovum

n.

(plural ova), 1706, from Latin ovum "egg," cognate with Greek oon, Old Norse egg, Old English æg, all perhaps from PIE root *awi- (see egg (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ova in Medicine

ovum

vəm]
n. pl. o•va (ō)
  1. The female reproductive cell or gamete; egg.
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ova in Science

ovum

vəm]
Plural ova
  1. The mature reproductive cell of female animals, produced in the ovaries. See more at egg.
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ova in Culture

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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