• WordNet 3.6
    • n ovary (vertebrates) one of usually two organs that produce ova and secrete estrogen and progesterone
    • n ovary the organ that bears the ovules of a flower
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The eggs from the ovaris of a pig, when shot into another animal, can sterelise it, making it impotent.
    • Ovary (Bot) That part of the pistil which contains the seed, and in most flowering plants develops into the fruit. See Illust. of Flower.
    • Ovary (Zoöl. & Anat) The essential female reproductive organ in which the ova are produced. See Illust. of Discophora.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The female pigeon cannot lay eggs if she is alone. She must be able to see another pigeon in order for her ovaries to function. Her own reflection will work if no other pigeon is available.
    • n ovary That part of a female animal in which ova, eggs, or germs are generated and matured; the essential female organ of reproduction, corresponding to the testes of the male; the female genital gland or germ-gland; the ovarium. In vertebrates the ovary is a glandular organ, usually paired, sometimes single, and morphologically identical with the testes, both these organs being developed from a primitively indifferent genital gland common to both sexes, the differentiation of this structure into ovary or testes being the fundamental distinction of sex upon which all other sexual differences are consequent. The ovary consists of its proper stroma or tissue peculiar to itself, in which the ova are produced, bound up in ordinary connective tissue, supplied with appropriate vessels or nerves, and fixed in the abdominal cavity by means of a mesentery. With the ovary is usually but not always associated a special structure, the oviduct, serving to convey away the eggs. The ovary is relatively largest in those animals which lay multitudinous eggs, as fishes, in which it is known as the roe. It is also large in oviparous animals which lay large meroblastic eggs with copious food yolks, as birds and most reptiles. It is very small in mammals. The ovary in woman is a flattened ovoid body about 1½ inches long, ¾ inch wide, and ⅓ inch thick, resting on the broad ligament of the uterus and closely connected both with that organ and with the Fallopian tube or oviduct. Among invertebrates in which there is distinction of sex, the name ovary is applied to any part of the body which can be recognized as having the function of ovulation. Such organs are of almost endlessly varied character in all but the one essential physiological respect. Several kinds of ovaries receive specific names; and in many cases the analogy to the part of a plant called the ovary (see def. 2) is striking. See cuts under Dibranchiata and Nematoidea.
    • n ovary In botany, a closed case or receptacle, the lower section of the pistil, inclosing the ovules or young seeds, and ultimately becoming the fruit. Structurally the ovary is a modified leaf which is folded involutely so as to form a cavity, and with the style and stigma it constitutes the female sexual organs (gynœcium) of flowering plants. The ovary may be simple (that is, composed of a single leaf), or compounded of two or more leaves. The modified part of the interior of the ovary which bears the ovules is called the placenta (which see). The phrases superior and inferior ovary are used to designate the position of the ovary in relation to that of the floral envelops: thus, ovary superior is that in which the other parts of the flower are inserted upon the axis below the ovary, ovary inferior is that in which the other parts of the flower are inserted above, seemingly upon the ovary. See cuts under anthophore, Araceæ, Didynamia, dimerous, and myrtle.
    • ovary Of or pertaining to an ovation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The female pigeon cannot lay eggs if she is alone. In order for her ovaries to function, she must be able to see another pigeon.
    • n Ovary ō′var-i the part of the female animal in which the egg of the offspring is formed, the female genital gland:
    • n Ovary ō′var-i (bot.) the part of the pistil which contains the seed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. ovarium, fr. L. ovum, egg: cf. F. ovaire,. See Oval
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. ovaria.


In literature:

In the apple flower the pistils will be found to have one ovary with five styles and stigmas and in the ovary will be several ovules.
"The First Book of Farming" by Charles L. Goodrich
Reaumur arrived at the same figures from an examination of the ovaries.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
I was attacked with severe womb trouble, bloody piles and dropsy of the ovary.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
They graduated from school or college excellent scholars, but with undeveloped ovaries.
"Sex in Education" by Edward H. Clarke
The ovary is prominent, and of a pale yellow.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
Every month one or more ova (eggs) leave the ovary, pass to the uterus and, if not impregnated, pass off with the menstrual flow.
"Herself" by E. B. Lowry
In size and form, the ovary closely resembles the testicle.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
The ovary is inferior, and usually twisted so as to turn the flower completely around.
"Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany" by Douglas Houghton Campbell
A delicate membranous band passes from the whole length of the middle line of the rectum to the heart and to the ovary.
"Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 3" by Various
All humanity must have lain in the ovaries of Eve.
"Spontaneous Activity in Education" by Maria Montessori

In news:

But even removal of the ovaries cannot guarantee that a woman will never get ovarian cancer, Rebbeck said.
Juvenile granulosa cell tumor of the ovary .
"Wombhouse" by Atelier van Lieshout has a bed in the uterus, a wet bar in one ovary, and a toilet in the other.
And when does one or more of these signal a common female hormone problem: polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS ).
Stephanie Yarber had a baby after receiving ovary tissue from her twin.
The 36-year-old woman, Siobhain Fletcher, has polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition that causes her to grow facial hair.
If you have a soft spot for internal organs, then you'll love these plush hearts, ovaries and intestines.
A new report in the journal Human Reproduction suggests women whose mother's had an early menopause had far fewer eggs in her ovaries.
Women who have a hormone disorder called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and who take the birth control pill have twice the risk of blood clots than do other women on the Pill, according to a new study.
Most women who have polycystic ovary syndrome do not ovulate.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is caused by an imbalance of the hormones in the brain and ovaries.
But a high percentage of women who undergo screening experience false-positive tests that then require invasive testing, such as major surgery to open up the abdomen and take out the ovary , she said.
Cancer can begin in cells located on the tissue that covers the outside of the ovary , in the egg-producing cells within an ovary , or in an ovary 's hormone-producing cells.
Unfortunately at this late stage of detection the cancer most certainly has metastasized and spread beyond the ovary , which proves fatal for 75% of women diagnosed.
I tell them to remember it alphabetically: breasts, cervix, ovaries, uterus.

In science:

So the map on c ovariants is de fined and is k [[τ ]]-linear.
Conformal blocks revisited
Ol´ah) K˝ov´ari et al. (2007) present a detailed spot modeling analysis and Doppler images for the primary stars of the RS CVn-type binary ζ And.
Report IAU Comm. 42, Close Binary Stars
The average person has roughly one testicle and one ovary, but a person with these characteristics would certainly be an anomaly.
Odd One Out
Chemotherapy for ovarian cancer may be provided by either a medical oncologist who treats cancers of all kinds or by a gynecological oncologist who treats cancers of the ovary, uterus and cervix.
An exact adaptive test with superior design sensitivity in an observational study of treatments for ovarian cancer