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  Anovular



Anovular

   Not accompanied by ovulation, the release of an ovum (egg) from the ovary. Synonymous with anovulatory.

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Ovulation
Release of a mature egg from an ovary.

Ovum
"Egg; the female reproductive element."

Ovary
The female sex gland that contains ova, or eggs.

Anovulatory
Without ovulation, as when an estrous or menstrual cycle occurs without the release of an egg from the ovary. Anovulatory cycles are infertile cycles. Until ovulation resumes, a female is said to manifest anovulatory sterility.



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Anovular menstruation
Menstruation without ovulation. The egg stays within the ovary and usually disintegrates but sometimes it is fertilized, resulting in a life-threatening pregnancy within the ovary.

Anovulation
Failure of the ovaries to produce or release mature eggs.

Anovulatory
Without ovulation, as when an estrous or menstrual cycle occurs without the release of an egg from the ovary. Anovulatory cycles are infertile cycles. Until ovulation resumes, a female is said to manifest anovulatory sterility.



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Anorexia, cancer
See: Cancer anorexia.

Anorexic
1. Pertaining to anorexia, lack of appetite. 2. A drug or other agent that causes anorexia and so diminishes the appetite.

Anorexigenic
Causing anorexia (loss of appetite) as, for example, an anorexigenic drug.

Anorgasmy
"Or anorgasmia. Failure of a male or female to achieve an orgasm (climax) during sexual intercourse. Anorgasmia is characterized by psychologists as a ""psychosexual dysfunction,"" a sexual maladjustment that is psychological or emotional in origin. Anorgasmia can result from a variety of problems, including stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, worry, guilt, fear of painful intercourse, fear of pregnancy, the undesirability of a partner, the undesirability of a setting, and use of alcohol or drugs. In women this problem is also referred to as ""frigidity,"" or female orgasmic dysfunction."

Anotia
"No ear. The term ""anotia"" usually refers to congenital (from birth) absence of the external ear, the auricle, the visible part of the ear."

Anovular

Anovular menstruation
Menstruation without ovulation. The egg stays within the ovary and usually disintegrates but sometimes it is fertilized, resulting in a life-threatening pregnancy within the ovary.

Anoxia
1. Strictly speaking, the absence of oxygen. 2. The near absence of oxygen. 3. Sometimes used loosely as a synonym for hypoxia.

Anoxic
Pertaining to anoxia, an absence or near absence of oxygen.

Ant, fire
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Antagonist
"In biochemistry, an antagonist acts against and blocks an action. For example, insulin lowers the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood, whereas another hormone called glucagon raises it; therefore, insulin and glucagon are antagonists. An antagonist is the opposite of an agonist which stimulates an action. Antagonists and agonists are key players in pharmacology and in the chemistry of the human body."

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