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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ovulation
1848, from Mod.L. ovulum (see ovule).

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.

ovulation o·vu·la·tion (ō'vyə-lā'shən, ŏv'yə-)
n.
The discharge of an ovum from the ovary.

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ovulation   (ō'vyə-lā'shən, ŏv'yə-lā'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
The release of an egg cell (ovum) from the ovary in female animals, regulated in mammals by hormones produced by the pituitary gland during the menstrual cycle.
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ovulation [(ov-yuh-lay-shuhn, oh-vyuh-lay-shuhn)]

The periodic release of an ovum from the ovaries (usually from only one ovary). After the ovum is released, it travels into the fallopian tube, and from there is moved to the uterus. Ovulation generally happens approximately two weeks into the menstrual cycle.

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ovulation

release of a mature egg from the female ovary; the release enables the egg to be fertilized by the male sperm cells. Normally, in humans, only one egg is released at one time; occasionally, two or more erupt during the menstrual cycle. The egg erupts from the ovary on the 14th to 16th day of the approximately 28-day menstrual cycle. If not fertilized, the egg is passed from the reproductive tract during menstrual bleeding, which starts about two weeks after ovulation. Occasionally, cycles occur in which an egg is not released; these are called anovulatory cycles.

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This edema decreases following ovulation, and the muscular tone increases.
In severe cases, malnutrition disrupts ovulation and causes amenorrhea.
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