ovoviviparous(redirected from ovoviviparousness)
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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.
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]
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.