Definition of ovulate in English:

ovulate

Line breaks: ovu|late
Pronunciation: /ˈɒvjʊleɪt
 
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verb

[no object]
Discharge ova or ovules from the ovary: women who ovulate but cannot conceive [with object]: all the eggs that will be ovulated are present at birth
More 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

Pronunciation: /-ˈleɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
More 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

adjective
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  • 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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