ovulate

ovulate

[ov-yuh-leyt, oh-vyuh-leyt-]
verb (used without object), ovulated, ovulating. Biology.
to produce and discharge eggs from an ovary or ovarian follicle.

Origin:
1860–65; ovule + -ate1

ovulation, noun
ovulatory [ov-yuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, oh-vyuh-] , adjective
multiovulate, adjective
multiovulated, adjective
preovulatory, adjective
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ovulate (ˈɒvjʊˌleɪt)
 
vb
(intr) to produce or discharge eggs from an ovary
 
[C19: from ovule]
 
ovu'lation
 
n

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ovulate
1888, back formation from ovulation. Related: Ovulating.
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ovulate o·vu·late (ō'vyə-lāt', ŏv'yə-)
v. o·vu·lat·ed, o·vu·lat·ing, o·vu·lates
To produce ova; discharge eggs from the ovary.

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