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bearing living young that hatch from eggs inside the maternal body, the embryo being nourished by food stored in the egg; lizards are one example.
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Denoting those fish, amphibians, and reptiles that produce eggs that hatch within the body of the parent.
[ovo- + L. viviparus, bringing forth alive, fr. vivus, alive, + pario, to bear]
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Producing eggs that hatch within the female's body, as in certain fishes and reptiles and many invertebrates.
o′vo·vi′vi·par′i·ty (-vī′və-păr′ĭ-tē) n.
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ovoviviparous(of certain fish, reptiles and many insects) having the embryo developing within the mother, but from which it rarely derives nutrients. The mother and embryo are separated by egg membranes and there is no PLACENTA. Compare OVIPAROUS, VIVIPAROUS (1).
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005