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o·vum / ˈōvəm/ • n. (pl. o·va / ˈōvə/ ) Biol. a mature female reproductive cell, esp. of a human or other animal, that can divide to give rise to an embryo usually only after fertilization by a male cell.ORIGIN: early 18th cent.: from Latin, literally ‘egg.’

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ovum (egg cell) (pl. ova)
1. (in zoology) The mature reproductive cell (see gamete) of female animals, which is produced by the ovary (see oogenesis). It is spherical, has a nucleus, is covered with an egg membrane, and is not mobile.

2. (in botany) The oosphere of plants.

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ovum (egg cell) Female gamete produced in an ovary. After fertilization by sperm it becomes a zygote, which is capable of developing into a new individual.

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ovum (pl. ova) An unfertilized egg cell. In animals it is often the product of the division of a secondary oocyte. Fertilized by the sperm, an ovum develops as an embryo.

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ovum (egg cell) (oh-vŭm) n. (pl. ova) the mature female sex cell (see gamete).

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ovum. Egg-shaped form in Classical mouldings, e.g. egg-and-dart.

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ovum egg (female reproductive cell). XVIII. — L., see EGG1.

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ovum (pl. ova) An unfertilized egg cell.