Ovary meaning

ōvə-rē
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The part of a carpel or of a gynoecium made of fused carpels that contains the ovules in a flower. The ovary is located at the base of the carpel and ripens into a fruit after fertilization of one or more of the ovules.
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(botany) The ovule-bearing lower part of a pistil that ripens into a fruit.
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(botany) The ovule-bearing lower part of a pistil that ripens into a fruit.
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The reproductive organ in female animals that produces eggs and the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone. In most vertebrate animals, the ovaries occur in pairs. In mammals, the ovaries contain numerous follicles, which house the developing eggs (oocytes).
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(anatomy) A female reproductive organ, often paired, that produces ova and in mammals secretes the hormones estrogen and progesterone.

The male testicles are homologous to the female ovaries.

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(botany) The lower part of a pistil or carpel that bears ovules and ripens into fruit.
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(anat., zool.) A female reproductive gland producing eggs and, in vertebrates, sex hormones.
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(bot.) The enlarged, hollow part of the pistil or gynoecium, containing ovules.
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Origin of ovary

  • New Latin ōvārium from Latin ōvum egg awi- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition