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ovulate

[ov-yuh-leyt, oh-vyuh-leyt-] /ˈɒv yəˌleɪt, ˈoʊ vyəˌleɪt-/
verb (used without object), ovulated, ovulating. Biology
1.
to produce and discharge eggs from an ovary or ovarian follicle.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; ovule + -ate1
Related forms
ovulation, noun
ovulatory
[ov-yuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, oh-vyuh-] /ˈɒv yə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈoʊ vyə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
multiovulate, adjective
multiovulated, adjective
preovulatory, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ovulatory

ovulate

/ˈɒvjʊˌleɪt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to produce or discharge eggs from an ovary
Derived Forms
ovulation, noun
Word Origin
C19: from ovule
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Word Origin and History for ovulatory

ovulate

v.

1888, back-formation from ovulation. Related: Ovulated; ovulating.

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ovulatory in Medicine

ovulatory o·vu·la·to·ry (ō'vyə-lə-tôr'ē, ŏv'yə-)
adj.
Of, relating to, or characterizing ovulation.

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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