noun, plural o·va [oh-vuh] /ˈoʊ və/.
- the female reproductive cell or gamete of animals, which is capable of developing, usually only after fertilization, into a new individual.
- the female reproductive cell or gamete of plants.
Origin of ovum
Examples from the Web for ovum
But it is scarcely possible to say when the period of ripeness commenced in this ovum or that.Schenk's Theory: The Determination of Sex|Samuel Leopold Schenk
When the absorption of the ridges is completed the surface of the ovum assumes a perfectly regular outline.
As a matter of convenience the ovum appears to be the most suitable point of departure.
The ovum then begins to grow, dividing itself into portions that go to make the different82 parts of the body.Herself|E. B. Lowry
Spitzka has shown that the ovum possesses an inherent activity independently of fructification.Degeneracy|Eugene S. Talbot
British Dictionary definitions for ovum
noun plural ova (ˈəʊvə)
Word Origin for ovum
Word Origin and History for ovum
(plural ova), 1706, from Latin ovum "egg," cognate with Greek oon, Old Norse egg, Old English æg, all perhaps from PIE root *awi- (see egg (n.)).