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Definition of OVA

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Ova \O"va\, n. pl.
     See {Ovum}.
     [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Ovum \O"vum\ ([=o]"v[u^]m), n.; pl. L. {Ova} ([=o]"v[.a]), E. {Ovums} ([=o]"v[u^]mz). [L., an egg. See {Oval}.]
     1. (Biol.) A more or less spherical and transparent cell, which by a process of multiplication and growth develops into a mass of cells, constituting a new individual like the parent; an egg, spore, germ, or germ cell. See Illust. of {Mycropyle}. [1913 Webster]

     Note: The ovum is a typical cell, with a cell wall, cell substance, nucleus, and nucleolus. In man and the higher animals the cell wall, a vertically striated membrane, is called the zona pellucida; the cell contents, the vitellus; the nucleus, the germinal vesicle; and the nucleolus, the germinal spot. The diameter of the ripe ovum in man and the domestic animals varies between 1-200 and 1-120 of an inch. [1913 Webster]

     2. (Arch.) One of the series of egg-shaped ornaments into which the ovolo is often carved. --Gwilt. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]


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