ovulate

[ ov-yuh-leyt, oh-vyuh-leyt- ]
/ ˈɒv yəˌleɪt, ˈoʊ vyəˌleɪt- /
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verb (used without object), ov·u·lat·ed, ov·u·lat·ing. Biology.

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

Origin of ovulate

First recorded in 1860–65; ovule + -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for ovulatory

ovulate

/ (ˈɒvjʊˌleɪt) /

verb

(intr) to produce or discharge eggs from an ovary

Derived Forms

ovulation, noun

Word Origin for ovulate

C19: from ovule
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Medicine definitions for ovulatory (1 of 2)

ovulatory

[ ōvyə-lə-tôr′ē, ŏvyə- ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or characterizing ovulation.

Medicine definitions for ovulatory (2 of 2)

ovulate

[ ōvyə-lāt′, ŏvyə- ]

v.

To produce ova; discharge eggs from the ovary.

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