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noun Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. 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.
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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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Historical Examples of oviduct

  • In the female the right egg-gland and egg-duct or oviduct are wanting.

    Elementary Zoology, Second Edition

    Vernon L. Kellogg

  • It becomes in fact the oviduct in the female and atrophies in the male.

  • In the Anura the eggs are fertilized as they leave the oviduct.

  • And the structure of the egg carries us back to the oviduct of the parent-fowl.


    Philip Henry Gosse

  • When a yolk is full-grown it drops into the funnel-shaped mouth of the oviduct.

    Our Domestic Birds

    John H. Robinson

British Dictionary definitions for oviduct


  1. the tube through which ova are conveyed from an ovaryAlso called (in mammals): Fallopian tube
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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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

oviduct in Medicine


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


  1. 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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