noun Anatomy, Zoology.

either of a pair of tubes that transport the ova from the ovary to the exterior, the distal ends of which form the uterus and vagina in higher mammals.

Origin of oviduct

From the New Latin word ōviductus, dating back to 1830–40. See ovi-, duct
Related formso·vi·du·cal [oh-vi-doo-kuh l, -dyoo-] /ˌoʊ vɪˈdu kəl, -ˈdyu-/, o·vi·duc·tal, adjective
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the tube through which ova are conveyed from an ovaryAlso called (in mammals): Fallopian tube
Derived Formsoviducal (ˌɒvɪˈdjuːkəl, ˌəʊ-) or oviductal, adjective
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Word Origin and History for oviduct

1757, from Modern Latin oviductus, from ovi ductus "channel of an egg;" see egg (n.) + duke (n.).

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oviduct in Medicine




fallopian tube
Related formso′vi•ductal null adj.
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oviduct in Science



A tube through which eggs or egg cells (oocytes) are carried to the uterus in mammals or to the outside of the body in other animals. The fallopian tubes are oviducts.
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