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Definition of the noun ovary

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noun - plural: ovaries

  1. the organ that bears the ovules of a flower
    • lexical domain: Plants - nouns denoting plants
    • more generic term: reproductive structure = the parts of a plant involved in its reproduction
    • part of: bloom / blossom / flower = reproductive organ of angiosperm plants especially one having showy or colorful parts
    • part: placenta = that part of the ovary of a flowering plant where the ovules form
  2. (vertebrates) one of usually two organs that produce ova and secrete estrogen and progesterone

Alternative definition of the noun ovary


  1. [anatomy] A female reproductive organ, often paired, that produces ova and in mammals secretes the hormones estrogen and progesterone.
  2. [botany] The lower part of a pistil or carpel that bears ovules and ripens into fruit.


  1. Ovary: In the flowering plants, an ovary is a part of the female reproductive organ of the flower or gynoecium. Specifically, it is the part of the pistil which holds the ovule and is located above or below or at the point of connection with the base of the petals and sepals. The pistil may be made up of one carpel or of several fused carpels, and therefore the ovary can contain part of one carpel or parts of several fused carpels. In this picture of a zucchini the petals and sepals are above the ovary and such a flower is said to have an inferior ovary; also referred to as epigynous. Above the ovary is the style and the stigma, which is where the pollen lands and germinates to grow down through the style to the ovary, and, for each individual pollen grain, to fertilize one individual ovule. Some wind pollinated flowers have much reduced and modified ovaries.
  2. Ovary: One of the paired female reproductive glands containing the ova or germ cells; the ovary's stroma is a vascular connective tissue containing numbers of ovarian follicles enclosing the ova.

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Google previewControl of Ovulation (2013)

by D.B. Crighton, G.R. Foxcroft, N.B. Haynes

MAULEON INRA, Station de Physiologie de la Reproduction, 37380 Nouzilly, France Introduction The ovary is an organ attached by a ligament to the peritoneal cavity and through which ...

Google previewThe Rudiments of Botany, Structural and Physiological: Being an Introduction to the Study of the Vegetable Kingdom, and Comprising the Advantages of a Full Glossary of Technical Terms (1859)

by Christopher DRESSER

The ovary is the lower distended ...

Google previewClinical Gynecologic Endocrinology and Infertility (2005)

by Leon Speroff, Marc A. Fritz

The polycystic ovary is the result of ...

Google previewFootmarks of Innate Immunity in the Ovary and Cytokeratin-Positive Cells as Potential Dendritic Cells (2010)

by Katharina Spanel-Borowski

The ovary is a dynamic organ, because of continuous processes of cell proliferation and regression. They are intense in the reproductive period characterized by the cyclic formation of the mature follicle, and its rupture as well as ...

Google previewExtranodal Lymphomas E-Book (2011)

by Judith A. Ferry

Among patients with disseminated lymphoma, the ovary is a relatively common site of involvement, although the disease may...

The ovary is the most ...

Google previewBotany of the United States north of Virginia (1856)

comprising descriptions of the flowering and fern-like plants hitherto found in those states by Lewis Caleb Beck

It is distinguished into three parts, viz : the ovary, the style, and the stigma. 110. The ovary is a hollow case enclosing the ovules or young seeds. It contains one or more cavities called cells. 111. The stigma is the upper extremity of the pistil.

Google previewText Book Of Embryology (2004)

The right ovary and duct are present in the embryo 249 but almost entirely disappear before hatching. The ovary is a Development of ...

Google previewOvulation Induction and Controlled Ovarian Stimulation (2014)

A Practical Guide by Roy Homburg

The ovary is a veritable production line for a vast number of steroid hormones but also, arguably, the most dynamically, constantly changing organ in the female body during the reproductive life span. Of the millions of primordial follicles that ...

Google previewThe Evolution of Insect Mating Systems (2014)

by David Shuker, Leigh Simmons

melanogaster ovary is an unusual case, allowing females to respond quickly to limited and ephemeral food and to oviposition sites (Spradling et al. 2011). If this is the case, we should look for female GSCs in other species that ...

Google previewPeritoneal, Ovarian and Recto-Vaginal Endometriosis: The Identification of Three Separate Diseases (1996)

by J. Donnez, M. Nisolle

The ovary is a frequent site for the development of Peritoneal, ovarian and recto- vaginal endometriosis are three distinct entities 89 HISTOPATHOLOGY OF OVARIAN ENDOMETRIOSIS Laparoscopic appearance and histological confirmation ...

Google previewEssential Guide to Calving (2007)

Giving Your Beef Or Dairy Herd a Healthy Start by Heather Smith Thomas

Cystic Ovaries A cystic ovary is an occasional cause of infertility in beef cows and a common cause of infertility in dairy cows; it is more often found in older cows than in first-time calvers. It also occurs more frequently in high-producing cows ...

Google previewOvarian Toxicology, Second Edition (2013)

by Patricia B. Hoyer

INTRODUCTION The mammalian ovary is the major female gonad with two primary functions: production of a viable germ cell and generation of the sex steroid hormones. Both of these functions are performed by follicular structures, ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica (1878)

A Record of the Positive Effects of Drugs Upon the Healthy Human Organism by Timothy Field Allen

— *Severe pain in uterus and left ovary (seventh day) ; pains in uterus very severe; pains pass down into the vagina ...

Google previewA Manual and Dictionary of the Flowering Plants and Ferns (1897)

by John Christopher Willis

regular or sub-regular, usually g ; ovary syncarpous, usually inferior; style undivided, or very rarely styles free; placentae axile or apical, rarely basal; leaves simple, usually quite entire, rarely 3-foIiolate in order 68) : N.O. 67.

Google previewA Manual and Dictionary of the Flowering Plants and Ferns: Outlines of the morphology, natural history, classification, geographical distribution and economic uses of the phanerogams and ferns (1897)

by John Christopher Willis

regular or sub-regular, usually 5 ; ovary syncarpous, usually inferior; style undivided, or very rarely styles free; placentae axile or apical, rarely basal; leaves simple, usually quite entire, rarely 3-foliolate in order 68): N.O. 67.

Google previewThe International Encyclopedia of Surgery (1884)

A Systematic Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Surgery by John Ashhurst

The left ovary had been perceptible through the abdominal wall during life. Pathology. — Inflammation set up by puerperal causes, involves the entire ovary, though, perhaps, the stroma only is affected at first. When excited by causes other ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia medica (1903)

Pseudo-hermaphrodism means the development in the same subject of male and female accessory genital organs, including in this term everything except ovary and testis. Pseudo-hermaphrodism is found in the human species, and is of two ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Cancer (2011)

by Manfred Schwab

Table 1 Kallikreins as serological diagnostic and prognostic markers Markers Serological diagnosis Favorable prognosis Unfavorable prognosis KLK1 — — RCC KLK2 Prostate — — KLK3 Prostate Breast Prostrate KLK4 — — Ovary, prostrate ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica, Or Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature (1854)

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Ovary 1 - celled, with 2 or more parietal placentas; the 2 carpels forming the ovary placed to the right and left of the axis. Fruit a ...

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Botany (2002)

by Jill Bailey

ovary The swollen base of the CARPEL in the gynoecium of plants, containing one or ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Entomology (2011)

(Latin, ovarium = ovary + -alis = pertaining to.) Descriptive of structure ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Sports Medicine (2010)

by Lyle J. Micheli, M.D.

OVARY,. ABSENCE. OF. ONE. The ovaries are part of the female reproductive system. There are normally two, one on each side of a woman's lower pelvis. The ovaries are responsible for producing the eggs that are released during a ...

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Small photo of Egg Ovary or Egg rings Raw chicken eggs in the ice. To prepare food with a good National.Small photo of Egg Ovary or Egg rings Raw chicken eggs in the ice. To prepare food with a good National.Small photo of Close up grapefruits and flowers on tree in California, a hybrid classified as Citrus x paradisi. The mature fleshy fruit with leathery rind and juicy segmented interior is technically a ripe ovary.Small photo of Puncture procedure for egg production, treatment or ovarian stimulation (ovulation induction) in IVF or gynecology photo concept. Doctor pierces anatomical model of ovary for stimulate or treatSmall photo of Polycystic ovary word cloud conceptSmall photo of Fresh cucumbers in a basket in the garden in the garden among the sprouts of cucumber and ovary flowers More...

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Quotes about Ovary

Be it a root, shoot, bark or leaves,
Be it sepals, petals, ovary or seeds.
No rivalry, no infighting, no usurpation.
Their goal is to live their parts and die.
They have no sixth sense to rival.
22.06.2002, pakd (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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Scrabble value of O1V4A1R1Y4

The value of this 5-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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