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ovulate

Syllabification: ov·u·late
Pronunciation: /ˈävyəˌlāt
 
, ˈōvyəˌlāt
 
/

Definition of ovulate in English:

verb

[no object]
Discharge ova or ovules from the ovary.
Example sentences
  • Fillies began ovulating and advertising estrus by adopting a distinctive posture between one and two years of age.
  • There is more discharge when you ovulate or breastfeed, or when you are sexually excited.
  • Homeopathically, I decided to use glandular remedies to stimulate her ovaries to ovulate.

Origin

late 19th century: back-formation from ovulation, or from medieval Latin ovulum 'little egg' (see ovule) + -ate3.

Derivatives

ovulation

1
Pronunciation: /ˌōvyəˈlāSHən, -ˈlāSHən/
noun
Example sentences
  • The pituitary gland also controls ovulation and the menstrual cycle in women.
  • Typically, menstruation and ovulation cease with the menopause, at around age 51 or 52.
  • Menstrual cycles can occur without ovulation taking place as the menopause approaches.

ovulatory

2
Pronunciation: /-ləˌtôrē/
adjective
Example sentences
  • In contrast, when the available energy is virtually unlimited women have frequent ovulatory menstrual cycles characterised by high hormone concentrations.
  • Earlier onset of regular menstrual cycles is associated with early regular ovulatory menstrual cycles, a risk factor for the disease.
  • The syndrome represents an overexpression of the normal ovulatory process described in normal pregnancy.

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