corpus-luteum

corpus luteum

[kawr-puhs loo-tee-uhm]
noun, plural corpora lutea [kawr-per-uh loo-tee-uh] .
1.
Anatomy, Zoology. a ductless gland developed within the ovary by the reorganization of a Graafian follicle following ovulation.
2.
Pharmacology. an extract of this gland, usually of the hog or cow, the chief product of which is progesterone.

Origin:
1780–90; < Neo-Latin: yellow body

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corpus luteum (ˈluːtɪəm)
 
n , pl corpora lutea
a yellow glandular mass of tissue that forms in a Graafian follicle following release of an ovum. It secretes progesterone, a hormone necessary to maintain pregnancy
 
[New Latin, literally: yellow body]

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corpus luteum corpus lu·te·um (lōō'tē-əm)
n.
A yellow, progesterone-secreting mass of cells that forms from a Graaffian follicle after the release of a mature egg.

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corpus luteum   (l'tē-əm)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural corpora lutea
A yellow mass of cells that forms from a mature ovarian follicle after ovulation and that secretes progesterone. If fertilization of the egg occurs, the corpus luteum persists for the first few months of pregnancy.
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