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1. the ovum within the graafian follicle.
2. any small, egglike structure.


(ov'yūl, ō'vū-),
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]


(ŏv′yo͞ol, ō′vyo͞ol)
1. Botany A structure in seed plants that consists of the embryo sac surrounded by the nucellus and one or two integuments and that develops into a seed after it is fertilized.
2. Zoology A small or immature ovum.

ov′u·lar (ŏv′yə-lər, ō′vyə-), ov′u·lar′y (-lĕr′ē) adj.


1. The oocyte (ovum) of a mammal, especially while still in the ovarian follicle.
2. A small beadlike structure resembling an ovule.
Synonym(s): ovulum.
[Mod. L. ovulum, dim. of L. ovum, egg]
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Fig. 241 Ovule . General structure.


a structure found in higher plants that contains an egg cell and develops into a seed after FERTILIZATION. In ANGIOSPERMS, the ovule develops within the ovary of a carpel, and consists of an inner EMBRYO SAC containing the egg cell surrounded by the NUCELLUS, which in turn is enclosed within two INTEGUMENTS. The ovule is connected to the ovary wall by the FUNICLE.

Patient discussion about ovule

Q. i just have my period last november 25 and ended on 28.when is my possible fertile and ovulation period please help me identify my fertile and ovulation period

A. If someone knew it, it'd solve the human race many problems with fertility. The problem is that ovulation (and thus, the period of possible fertility) happens 14 days BEFORE the onset of menses, so you know about it only retrospectively.

However there ways such as serial body temperature measuring, along with kits that measures the level of hormones in the urine in order to estimate the time of the coming ovulation, and help in timing intercourse.

You may read more about it here (www.mayoclinic.com/health/ovulation-signs/AN01521 ) but anyway, consulting a doctor (e.g. gynecologist) may be wise.

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The rate of fruit set was 55.88% (38/68), and 188.82 seeds or underdeveloped ovules were obtained per fruit.
An alternative scenario is that the common ancestor of Canrightia and Chloranthaceae was syncarpous, and the gynoecium of living Chloranthaceae was derived from the whole syncarpous gynoecium, with reduction of the number of ovules to one.
The validation of these is possible if the maximum reproductive potential (number of ovules in the ovary) of a flower of a plant species and the effect of a single and the multiple visit(s) of the pollinators on the seed set of visited flower are known.
Fruit were dissected to determine the number of fertilized ovules, the number of intact seeds, and the number of herbivore-damaged seeds.
For cell suspension cultures, citrus embryogenic calli were initiated from ovules of two Citrus species named Citrus aurantifolia (Christm.) Swingle cultivar Sweet lime and Citrus reticulata Blanco cultivar Kinnow.
Morphology and development of anthers and ovules in Croton and Astraea (Euphorbiaceae).
Ovules and young seeds of the analyzed species maintain the structural pattern observed in Asteraceae (Compositae) (CORNER, 1976).
Each female flower produces 10 ovules. Thus, the pollen/ovule ratio (P/O) is approximately 180.
To estimate seed production characteristics we used the potential seed production (PSP), actual seed production (ASP) and seed: ovule ratio showing the ratio of the ASP and the PSP.
Cela m'invite aussi a clarifier pour vos lecteurs une autre zone d'ombre concernant les ovules gynecologiques, il faut savoir que ces ovules font partie du traitement medical, elles n'ont aucune incidence sur le jeune, la femme peut les utiliser pendant le ramadan en ayant l'esprit tranquille, elles ne rompent pas le jeune.
Ovules were counted for one of the pair of locules of 10 dissected fresh flowers.