Definition of ovary in English:

ovary

Syllabification: o·va·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈōv(ə)rē
 
/

noun (plural ovaries)

  • 1A female reproductive organ in which ova or eggs are produced, present in humans and other vertebrates as a pair.
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    • The remaining uterus, cervix, ovaries, and fallopian tubes were otherwise unremarkable.
    • No other abnormalities were detected in the cervix, uterus, ovaries, or fallopian tubes.
    • Steroids are produced by the cortex or outer layer of the adrenal gland and by the ovaries and testes.
  • 1.1 Botany The hollow base of the carpel of a flower, containing one or more ovules.
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    • Each carpel has a terminal stigma and a basal ovary with a single ovule.
    • Many possess, at the base of the ovary, a disc-like nectary from which nectar is secreted via modified stomata.
    • If both of the ovaries in a flower contained pollen tubes a mean value was used in the analyses.

Origin

mid 17th century: from modern Latin ovarium, from Latin ovum 'egg'.

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