- Cell Biology.
- 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.
- Architecture. an oval ornament, as in an egg-and-dart molding.
Origin of ovum
Examples from the Web for ovum
Historical Examples of ovum
One is an ovum, and these are the principle the mother gives to the future child.Almost A Man
And as the rose springs from the seed, so the horse develops from the ovum.The Heart of Nature
When the twins come from one ovum the condition is not so simple.
The cervix is then more or less dilated and the ovum is palpable.
Ovum, shows the process of development in all its stages, 43, 44.A Century of Science and Other Essays
- an unfertilized female gamete; egg cell
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.)).
- The female reproductive cell or gamete; egg.
- The mature reproductive cell of female animals, produced in the ovaries. See more at egg.