ovary [ oh-v uh-ree ] SHOW IPA / ˈoʊ və ri / PHONETIC RESPELLING EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. Nearby words ovariosalpingitis
oven-ready Origin of ovary
dating back to
-ary Related forms pseud·o·va·ry, noun, plural pseud·o·va·ries.
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ovary consists of many carpels, with as many styles; and the fruit splits into a number of one-seeded parts arranged radially.
A similar deviation has been observed by M. van Tieghem in the
ovary of Tropæolum majus, 'Bull.
Not only was the placenta unusually large in these flowers, but it also protruded beyond the
As the result of the pollination the
ovary developes into a dry 1-seeded indehiscent fruit. British Dictionary definitions for ovary 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 ovary n. One of the paired female reproductive organs that produce ova and certain sex hormones, including estrogen. oophoron Related forms o•var ( ′i•an ō-vâr) ′ē-ən adj.
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Science definitions for ovary 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-vâr) ′ē-ən
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