Definitions for ovaryˈoʊ və ri

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•va•ryˈoʊ və ri(n.)(pl.)-ries.

  1. the female gonad or reproductive gland, in which the ova and the female sex hormones develop.

    Category: Anatomy, Zoology

  2. the enlarged lower part of the pistil in flowering plants enclosing the ovules or new seeds.

    Category: Botany

Origin of ovary:

1650–60; < NL ōvārium

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ovary(noun)

    the organ that bears the ovules of a flower

  2. ovary(noun)

    (vertebrates) one of usually two organs that produce ova and secrete estrogen and progesterone


  1. ovary(Noun)

    A female reproductive organ, often paired, that produces ova and in mammals secretes the hormones estrogen and progesterone.

  2. ovary(Noun)

    The lower part of a pistil or carpel that bears ovules and ripens into fruit.


  1. Ovary

    The ovary is an ovum-producing reproductive organ, often found in pairs as part of the vertebrate female reproductive system. Ovaries in female individuals are analogous to testes in male individuals, in that they are both gonads and endocrine glands.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Ovary

    The reproductive organ (GONADS) in female animals. In vertebrates, the ovary contains two functional parts: the OVARIAN FOLLICLE for the production of female germ cells (OOGENESIS); and the endocrine cells (GRANULOSA CELLS; THECA CELLS; and LUTEAL CELLS) for the production of ESTROGENS and PROGESTERONE.

Translations for ovary

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the part of the female body in which eggs are formed.

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