Graafian follicle

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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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Graafian follicle

(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)
(sometimes l.c.)
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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Graafian follicle

(or vesicular follicle) A type of tiny vesicle in the ovary which encloses a developing egg. See corpus luteum.
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Noun1.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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The toxicity effects of nanoparticles were also examined in the developmental processes of the ovarian follicle cortex in antral and vesicular ovarian follicles. There was a statistically significant dose-dependent decrease in the number of the follicles, especially for higher doses (P<0.05).
Compared to the Control and Sham groups oocyte volume in vesicular ovarian follicles was significantly decreased in the most experimental groups (P<0.05).

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