ova

[oh-vuh]
noun
plural of ovum.
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ovum

[oh-vuhm]
noun, plural ova [oh-vuh] .
1.
Cell Biology.
a.
the female reproductive cell or gamete of animals, which is capable of developing, usually only after fertilization, into a new individual.
b.
the female reproductive cell or gamete of plants.
2.
Architecture. an oval ornament, as in an egg-and-dart molding.

Origin:
1700–10; < Latin ōvum egg1; cognate with Greek ōión

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ova (ˈəʊvə)
 
n
the plural of ovum

ovum (ˈəʊvəm)
 
n , pl ova
an unfertilized female gamete; egg cell
 
[from Latin: egg]

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ovum
(pl. ova), 1706, from L. ovum "egg," cognate with Gk. oon, O.N. egg, O.E. æg, all from PIE base *owyo-/*oyyo- "egg" (see egg).
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ovum o·vum (ō'vəm)
n. pl. o·va (ō'və)
The female reproductive cell or gamete; egg.

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ovum   (ō'vəm)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural ova
The mature reproductive cell of female animals, produced in the ovaries. See more at egg.
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ova [(oh-vuh)]

sing. ovum

The female sex cells, produced in the ovary and released during ovulation; the eggs. An ovum must normally be fertilized (see fertilization) to develop into a new living thing.

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ova

in human physiology, single cell released from either of the female reproductive organs, the ovaries, which is capable of developing into a new organism when fertilized (united) with a sperm cell

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Positive diagnosis is made when the mite, ova, or fecal pellets are found.
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