or o·var·i·al

[oh-vair-ee-uh n]


of or relating to an ovary.

Origin of ovarian

First recorded in 1830–40; ovary + -an
Related formspseu·do·var·i·an, adjectivesub·o·var·i·an, adjectivetrans·o·var·i·an, adjective
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Word Origin and History for ovarian

"pertaining to an ovary or the ovaries," 1810, see ovary + -ian.

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ovarian in Science



The reproductive organ in female animals that produces eggs and the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone. In most vertebrate animals, the ovaries occur in pairs. In mammals, the ovaries contain numerous follicles, which house the developing eggs (oocytes). See more at menstrual cycle ovulation.
The part of a carpel or of a gynoecium made of fused carpels that contains the ovules in a flower. The ovary is located at the base of the carpel and ripens into a fruit after fertilization of one or more of the ovules. See more at flower.
Related formsovarian adjective (ō-vârē-ən)
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