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ovum

[ oh-vuhm ]

noun

, plural o·va [oh, -v, uh].
  1. Cell Biology.
    1. the female reproductive cell or gamete of animals, which is capable of developing, usually only after fertilization, into a new individual.
    2. the female reproductive cell or gamete of plants.
  2. Architecture. an oval ornament, as in an egg-and-dart molding.


ovum

/ ˈəʊvəm /

noun

  1. an unfertilized female gamete; egg cell


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Word History and Origins

Origin of ovum1

First recorded in 1700–10; from Latin ōvum egg 1; cognate with Greek ōión

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Word History and Origins

Origin of ovum1

from Latin: egg

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Example Sentences

The ovum of Amphioxus contains very little food material and its segmentation is quite uniform.

A section of the embryo, as we may now call the ovum, is represented in Plate 5, fig.

The bulk of the ovum is composed of yolk spherules, imbedded in a protoplasmic matrix.

It contains in fact a larger bulk of active protoplasm, as compared with yolk-granules, than does the remainder of the ovum.

The outer of the three is composed of the largest-sized yolk-spherules which constitute the greater part of the ovum.

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