[ov-yuh-leyt, oh-vyuh-leyt-]

verb (used without object), ov·u·lat·ed, ov·u·lat·ing. Biology.

to produce and discharge eggs from an ovary or ovarian follicle.

Nearby words

  1. ovovitellin,
  2. ovoviviparous,
  3. ovshinsky effect,
  4. ovular,
  5. ovular membrane,
  6. ovulation,
  7. ovulation method,
  8. ovulatory,
  9. ovule,
  10. ovulocyclic

Origin of ovulate

First recorded in 1860–65; ovule + -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for ovulatory



(intr) to produce or discharge eggs from an ovary
Derived Formsovulation, noun

Word Origin for ovulate

C19: from ovule

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Word Origin and History for ovulatory



1888, back-formation from ovulation. Related: Ovulated; ovulating.

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Medicine definitions for ovulatory


vyə-lə-tôr′ē, ŏvyə-]


Of, relating to, or characterizing ovulation.


vyə-lāt′, ŏvyə-]


To produce ova; discharge eggs from the ovary.

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