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Pronunciation: o'va-re

Definition: One of the paired female reproductive glands containing the oocytes or germ cells; the ovaries stroma is a vascular connective tissue containing numbers of ovarian follicles enclosing the oocytes; surrounding this stroma is a more condensed layer of stroma called the tunica albuginea.

Synonym(s): ovariumTA, female gonad, genital gland2

[Mod. L. ovarium, fr. ovum, egg]

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