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Graaf·i·an follicle(grä′fē-ən, grăf′ē-)
Any of the fluid-filled vesicles in the mammalian ovary containing a maturing ovum.
[After Regnier de Graaf (1641-1673), Dutch physician and anatomist.]
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(Zoology) a fluid-filled vesicle in the mammalian ovary containing a developing egg cell
[C17: named after R. de Graaf (1641–73), Dutch anatomist]
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Graaf′i•an fol′licle(ˈgrɑ fi ən)
one of the small vesicles containing a developing ovum in the ovary of placental mammals.
[1835–45; after Regnier de Graaf (d. 1673), Dutch anatomist]
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(or vesicular follicle) A type of tiny vesicle in the ovary which encloses a developing egg. See corpus luteum.
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|Noun||1.||Graafian follicle - a vascular body in a mammalian ovary enclosing a developing egg|
ovary - (vertebrates) one of usually two organs that produce ova and secrete estrogen and progesterone
follicle - any small spherical group of cells containing a cavity
corpus luteum - yellow endocrine tissue that forms in a ruptured Graafian follicle following the release of an ovum; it degenerates after a few days unless pregnancy has begun
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