ovulation

[ ō′vyə-lāshən, ŏv′yə-lāshən ]


  1. The release of an egg cell (ovum) from the ovary in female animals, regulated in mammals by hormones produced by the pituitary gland during the menstrual cycle.

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ovulation

[ (ov-yuh-lay-shuhn, oh-vyuh-lay-shuhn) ]


The periodic release of an ovum from the ovaries (usually from only one ovary). After the ovum is released, it travels into the fallopian tube, and from there is moved to the uterus. Ovulation generally happens approximately two weeks into the menstrual cycle.

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