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ovoviviparous

[oh-voh-vahy-vip-er-uh s] /ˌoʊ voʊ vaɪˈvɪp ər əs/
adjective, Zoology
1.
producing eggs that are hatched within the body, so that the young are born alive but without placental attachment, as certain reptiles or fishes.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; ov(i)- + -o- + viviparous
Related forms
ovoviviparism, ovoviviparity
[oh-voh-vahy-vuh-par-i-tee] /ˌoʊ voʊˌvaɪ vəˈpær ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
ovoviviparousness, noun
ovoviviparously, adverb
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Examples from the web for ovoviviparous
  • The terms that apply to your question are viviparous and ovoviviparous.
  • They are ovoviviparous and breeding occurs in the fall and early winter months.
  • The point in development at which oviparous, ovoviviparous, and viviparous species become regulated animals had to be decided.
  • Development in sawfish is believed to be ovoviviparous.
  • It is hermaphroditic, ovoviviparous, and can undergo cross-fertilization.
  • Adult spiny dogfish fertilization occurs internally and is ovoviviparous.
British Dictionary definitions for ovoviviparous

ovoviviparous

/ˌəʊvəʊvaɪˈvɪpərəs/
adjective
1.
(of certain reptiles, fishes, etc) producing eggs that hatch within the body of the mother Compare oviparous, viviparous (sense 1)
Derived Forms
ovoviviparity (ˌəʊvəʊˌvaɪvɪˈpærɪtɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for ovoviviparous
adj.

1801, from comb. form of ovum + viviparous.

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ovoviviparous in Science
ovoviviparous
  (ō'vō-vī-vĭp'ər-əs)   
Producing eggs that hatch within the female's body. Some fish and reptiles are ovoviviparous. Compare oviparous, viviparous.

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