- to produce and discharge eggs from an ovary or ovarian follicle.
Origin of ovulate
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- (intr) to produce or discharge eggs from an ovary
C19: from ovule
Word Origin and History for preovulatory
1888, back-formation from ovulation. Related: Ovulated; ovulating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To produce ova; discharge eggs from the ovary.
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