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ova

[oh-vuh] /ˈoʊ və/
noun
1.
plural of ovum.

ovum

[oh-vuh m] /ˈoʊ vəm/
noun, plural ova
[oh-vuh] /ˈoʊ və/ (Show IPA)
1.
Cell Biology.
  1. the female reproductive cell or gamete of animals, which is capable of developing, usually only after fertilization, into a new individual.
  2. the female reproductive cell or gamete of plants.
2.
Architecture. an oval ornament, as in an egg-and-dart molding.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; < Latin ōvum egg1; cognate with Greek ōión
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  • Positive diagnosis is made when the mite, ova, or fecal pellets are found.
British Dictionary definitions for ova

ova

/ˈəʊvə/
noun
1.
the plural of ovum

ovum

/ˈəʊvəm/
noun (pl) ova (ˈəʊvə)
1.
an unfertilized female gamete; egg cell
Word Origin
from Latin: egg
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Word Origin and History for ova

ovum

n.

(plural ova), 1706, from Latin ovum "egg," cognate with Greek oon, Old Norse egg, Old English æg, all perhaps from PIE root *awi- (see egg (n.)).

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ova in Medicine

ovum o·vum (ō'vəm)
n. pl. o·va (ō'və)
The female reproductive cell or gamete; egg.

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ova in Science
ovum
  (ō'vəm)   
Plural ova
The mature reproductive cell of female animals, produced in the ovaries. See more at egg.
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ova in Culture
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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Encyclopedia Article for ova

ovum

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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