Definition of Ovary

1. Noun. The organ that bears the ovules of a flower.

Group relationships: Bloom, Blossom, Flower
Generic synonyms: Reproductive Structure
Terms within: Placenta

2. Noun. (vertebrates) one of usually two organs that produce ova and secrete estrogen and progesterone.
Category relationships: Craniate, Vertebrate
Terms within: Arteria Ovarica, Ovarian Artery, Graafian Follicle
Group relationships: Female Reproductive System
Generic synonyms: Female Internal Reproductive Organ, Gonad, Sex Gland
Derivative terms: Ovarian

Definition of Ovary

1. n. That part of the pistil which contains the seed, and in most flowering plants develops into the fruit. See Illust. of Flower.

Definition of Ovary

1. Noun. (anatomy) A female reproductive organ, often paired, that produces ova and in mammals secretes the hormones estrogen and progesterone. ¹

2. Noun. (botany) The lower part of a pistil or carpel that bears ovules and ripens into fruit. ¹

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Definition of Ovary

1. a female reproductive gland [n -RIES]

Medical Definition of Ovary

1. One of two small oval bodies situated on either side of the uterus on the posterior surface of the broad ligament. The structures in which the ova (eggs) are developed and released during ovulation. (05 Jan 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ovary

ovarium bipartitum
ovarium disjunctum
ovarium gyratum
ovarium lobatum
ovarium masculinum
ovary (current term)
ovate leaf

Literary usage of Ovary

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"See ovary. ovary, one of the paired glands which form the essential part ... Each ovary is about one and one-half inches in length and one-third inch thick. ..."

2. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"They gradually descend into the pelvis. Lying above the ovary in the broad ligament between it and the Fallopian tube is the organ of ..."

3. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1917)
"... stamens yellow; ovary narrowed at collar; stigmas very small. ... and in the longer ovary and broader filaments. Mountains of Trans-Caspia, southwest of ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1911)
"Emp., 1910, xviii, 21) bases his study upon 18 cases of hematoma of the ovary, observed in St. Thomas' Hospital during the past ten years. lie claims that ..."

5. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1922)
"In not a single case was a second operation for the removal of the conserved ovary required. These figures furnish strong arguments for ovarian conservation ..."

6. Botany by Geological Survey of California, William Henry Brewer, Sereno Watson, Asa Gray (1876)
"ovary and fruit scaly. C. GIGANTEUS, Engelm., 15 to 30 or even 40 feet ... ovary with bristle-bearing areola; in the axils of small terete deciduous sepals. ..."

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