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[oh-vi-duhkt] /ˈoʊ vɪˌdʌkt/
noun, Anatomy, Zoology
either of a pair of tubes that transport the ova from the ovary to the exterior, the distal ends of which form the uterus and vagina in higher mammals.
Compare fallopian tube.
1830-40; < New Latin ōviductus. See ovi-, duct
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[oh-vi-doo-kuh l, -dyoo-] /ˌoʊ vɪˈdu kəl, -ˈdyu-/ (Show IPA),
oviductal, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for oviduct
  • This shape results from the egg being forced through the oviduct.
  • Muscles contract the oviduct behind the egg, pushing it forward.
  • In the second type, the oocytes are conveyed to the exterior through the oviduct.
British Dictionary definitions for oviduct


/ˈɒvɪˌdʌkt; ˈəʊ-/
the tube through which ova are conveyed from an ovary Also called (in mammals) Fallopian tube
Derived Forms
oviducal (ˌɒvɪˈdjuːkəl; ˌəʊ-), oviductal, adjective
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Word Origin and History for oviduct

1757, from Modern Latin oviductus, from ovi ductus "channel of an egg;" see egg (n.) + duke (n.).

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oviduct in Medicine

oviduct o·vi·duct (ō'vĭ-dŭkt')
See fallopian tube.

o'vi·duc'tal or o'vi·du'cal (-dōō'kəl, -dyōō'-) adj.
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oviduct in Science
A tube through which eggs or egg cells (oocytes) are carried to the uterus in mammals or to the outside of the body in other animals. The fallopian tubes are oviducts.
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Encyclopedia Article for oviduct

fallopian tube

either of a pair of long narrow ducts located in the human female abdominal cavity that transport the male sperm cells to the egg, provide a suitable environment for fertilization, and transport the egg from the ovary, where it is produced, to the central channel (lumen) of the uterus.

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