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n. pl. corpora lu·te·a (lo͞o′tē-ə)
A yellow, progesterone-secreting mass of cells that forms from an ovarian follicle after the release of a mature egg. Also called yellow body.
[New Latin corpus lūteum : Latin corpus, body + Latin lūteum, neuter of lūteus, yellow.]
n, pl corpora lutea (ˈluːtɪə)
(Gynaecology & Obstetrics) a yellow glandular mass of tissue that forms in a Graafian follicle following release of an ovum. It secretes progesterone, a hormone necessary to maintain pregnancy
[New Latin, literally: yellow body]
cor•pus lu•te•um(ˈkɔr pəs ˈlu ti əm)
n., pl. cor•po•ra lu•te•a (ˈkɔr pər ə ˈlu ti ə)
a yellowish structure that develops in the ovary on the site where an ovum is released and that secretes progesterone if fertilization occurs.
[1780–90; < New Latin: yellow body]
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|Noun||1.||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|
ductless gland, endocrine gland, endocrine - any of the glands of the endocrine system that secrete hormones directly into the bloodstream
Graafian follicle - a vascular body in a mammalian ovary enclosing a developing egg