ovoviviparous

[ oh-voh-vahy-vip-er-uh s ]
/ ˌoʊ voʊ vaɪˈvɪp ər əs /
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adjective Zoology.

producing eggs that are hatched within the body, so that the young are born alive but without placental attachment, as certain reptiles or fishes.

Nearby words

  1. ovonic,
  2. ovonics,
  3. ovoplasm,
  4. ovotestis,
  5. ovovitellin,
  6. ovshinsky effect,
  7. ovular,
  8. ovular membrane,
  9. ovulate,
  10. ovulation

Origin of ovoviviparous

First recorded in 1795–1805; ov(i)- + -o- + viviparous

Related formso·vo·vi·vip·a·rism, o·vo·vi·vi·par·i·ty [oh-voh-vahy-vuh-par-i-tee] /ˌoʊ voʊˌvaɪ vəˈpær ɪ ti/, o·vo·vi·vip·a·rous·ness, nouno·vo·vi·vip·a·rous·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for ovoviviparous

ovoviviparous

/ (ˌəʊvəʊvaɪˈvɪpərəs) /

adjective

(of certain reptiles, fishes, etc) producing eggs that hatch within the body of the motherCompare oviparous, viviparous (def. 1)
Derived Formsovoviviparity (ˌəʊvəʊˌvaɪvɪˈpærɪtɪ), noun

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Word Origin and History for ovoviviparous

ovoviviparous

adj.

1801, from comb. form of ovum + viviparous.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for ovoviviparous

ovoviviparous

[ ō′vō-vī-vĭpər-əs ]

Producing eggs that hatch within the female's body. Some fish and reptiles are ovoviviparous. Compare oviparous viviparous.
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