noun Anatomy, Zoology.
either of a pair of tubes that transport the ova from the ovary to the exterior, the distal ends of which form the uterus and vagina in higher mammals.
Compare fallopian tube.

1830–40; < Neo-Latin ōviductus. See ovi-, duct

oviducal [oh-vi-doo-kuhl, -dyoo-] , oviductal, adjective
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oviduct (ˈɒvɪˌdʌkt, ˈəʊ-)
Also called (in mammals): Fallopian tube the tube through which ova are conveyed from an ovary

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1757, from Mod.L. oviductus, from ovi ductus "channel of an egg;" see egg (1) + duke.
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oviduct o·vi·duct (ō'vĭ-dŭkt')
See fallopian tube.

o'vi·duc'tal or o'vi·du'cal (-dōō'kəl, -dyōō'-) adj.
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oviduct   (ō'vĭ-dŭkt')  Pronunciation Key 
A tube through which eggs or egg cells (oocytes) are carried to the uterus in mammals or to the outside of the body in other animals. The fallopian tubes are oviducts.
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either of a pair of long narrow ducts located in the human female abdominal cavity that transport the male sperm cells to the egg, provide a suitable environment for fertilization, and transport the egg from the ovary, where it is produced, to the central channel (lumen) of the uterus.

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Example sentences for Oviduct
This shape results from the egg being forced through the oviduct.
Muscles contract the oviduct behind the egg, pushing it forward.
In the second type, the oocytes are conveyed to the exterior through the oviduct.
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