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Graafian follicle

[grah-fee-uh n] /ˈgrɑ fi ən/
noun, (sometimes lowercase)
one of the small vesicles containing a developing ovum in the ovary of a mammal.
Origin of Graafian follicle
1835-45; named after Regnier de Graaf (died 1673), Dutch anatomist; see -ian Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for graafian-follicle

Graafian follicle

a fluid-filled vesicle in the mammalian ovary containing a developing egg cell
Word Origin
C17: named after R. de Graaf (1641–73), Dutch anatomist
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graafian-follicle in Medicine

Graafian follicle Graaf·i·an follicle or graaf·i·an follicle (grä'fē-ən, grāf'ē-)
A mature ovarian follicle in which the oocyte attains its full size and the surrounding follicular cells are permeated by one or more fluid-filled cavities. Also called secondary follicle, vesicular ovarian follicle.

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