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Pronunciation: ov'yul, o'vu-


  1. The oocyte of a mammal, especially while still in the ovarian follicle.
  2. A small beadlike structure bearing a fancied resemblance to an ovule.

Synonym(s): ovulum

[Mod. L. ovulum, dim. of L. ovum, egg]

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