- Anatomy, Zoology. the female gonad or reproductive gland, in which the ova and the hormones that regulate female secondary sex characteristics develop.
- Botany. the enlarged lower part of the pistil in angiospermous plants, enclosing the ovules or young seeds.
Origin of ovary
Examples from the Web for ovaries
Instead of a virtual punch in the ovaries, Paltrow should get a round of applause.Gwyneth Was Right: America Turned Communication Into a Weaponized Battlefield
June 1, 2014
Ovaries, so safe and well,” Fageeh intones, “so you can make lots and lots of babies.‘No Woman, No Drive’: Behind the Viral Video
October 28, 2013
It normally occurs during weeks six and eight of pregnancy, when the placenta takes over production of hormones from the ovaries.What Exactly Is Wrong With Kate (And Is She Vomiting Blood?) Experts Rush To Explain...
December 3, 2012
My doctor says my ovaries are affected also and will have to be taken out.Treatise on the Diseases of Women
Lydia E. Pinkham
Can you find any plants that have their stamens and ovaries on separate individuals?Agriculture for Beginners
Charles William Burkett
It may be produced by any excitement of the womb or ovaries, and by over-nursing.
At this time, too, tumors or swellings of the ovaries are apt to commence.
In girls, ovaritis, or inflammation of the ovaries may be present.The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)
- either of the two female reproductive organs, which produce ova and secrete oestrogen hormones
- the corresponding organ in vertebrate and invertebrate animals
- botany the hollow basal region of a carpel containing one or more ovules. In some plants the carpels are united to form a single compound ovary
Word Origin and History for ovaries
1650s, from Modern Latin ovarium "ovary" (16c.), from Medieval Latin ovaria "the ovary of a bird" (13c.), from Latin ovum "egg," from PIE *owyo-/*oyyo- "egg" (see egg (n.)). In classical Latin, ovarius meant "egg-keeper."
- One of the paired female reproductive organs that produce ova and certain sex hormones, including estrogen.oophoron
- 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.