Duke, Kenneth L. Department of Anatomy, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.
Smith, Donald E. Department of Zoology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.
- Reptiles and amphibians
- Steroid synthesis
- Ovarian hormones
- Ovarian steroid action
- Hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian relationships
- Sexual cycles
- Fertility regulation
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A part of the reproductive system of all female vertebrates. Although not vital to individual survival, the ovary is vital to perpetuation of the species. The function of the ovary is to produce the female germ cells or ova, and in some species to elaborate hormones that assist in regulating the reproductive cycle.
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