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[oh-vair-ee-uh n] /oʊˈvɛər i ən/
of or relating to an ovary.
Origin of ovarian
1830-40; ovary + -an
Related forms
pseudovarian, adjective
subovarian, adjective
transovarian, adjective Unabridged
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  • But ovarian cancer leads them to look for a surrogate.
  • Other studies have found that olive oil has a favorable effect on both ovarian cancer and bowel cancer.
  • Likewise an ovarian cyst of some sort can also push on the bladder if it becomes large.
  • At first worries centred on the possibility of increased risk of ovarian cancer.
  • Her hormone levels were fine, and her ovarian reserve was well above the baseline for her age.
  • He started by estimating the size of a pre-advanced-stage ovarian tumor during this window of opportunity.
  • The result was a mouse that developed a specific type of ovarian cancer.
  • Project scientists are currently working to sequence ovarian and lung cancers and glioma, a cancer of the brain.
  • It has also found a similar array of genes that should be diagnostic for ovarian cancer.
  • She was depressed because her doctors believed she had ovarian cancer.
Word Origin and History for ovarian

"pertaining to an ovary or the ovaries," 1810, see ovary + -ian.

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ovarian in Science
  1. The reproductive organ in female animals that produces eggs and the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone. In most vertebrate animals, the ovaries occur in pairs. In mammals, the ovaries contain numerous follicles, which house the developing eggs (oocytes). See more at menstrual cycle, ovulation.

  2. The part of a carpel or of a gynoecium made of fused carpels that contains the ovules in a flower. The ovary is located at the base of the carpel and ripens into a fruit after fertilization of one or more of the ovules. See more at flower.

ovarian adjective (ō-vâr'ē-ən)
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