ovary

[ oh-vuh-ree ]
/ ˈoʊ və ri /
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noun, plural o·va·ries.

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

From the New Latin word ōvārium, dating back to 1650–60. See ovum, -ary

Related forms

pseud·o·va·ry, noun, plural pseud·o·va·ries.
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British Dictionary definitions for ovaries

ovary

/ (ˈəʊvərɪ) /

noun plural -ries

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

Derived Forms

ovarian (əʊˈvɛərɪən), adjective

Word Origin for ovary

C17: from New Latin ōvārium, from Latin ōvum egg
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Medicine definitions for ovaries

ovary

[ ōvə-rē ]

n.

One of the paired female reproductive organs that produce ova and certain sex hormones, including estrogen.oophoron

Related forms

o•vari•an (ō-vârē-ən) adj.
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Science definitions for ovaries

ovary

[ ōvə-rē ]

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 forms

ovarian adjective (ō-vârē-ən)
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Culture definitions for ovaries

ovaries

sing. ovary

The paired organs in the female reproductive system that produce ova and release certain hormones, such as estrogen.


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