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[kawr-puh s loo-tee-uh m] /ˈkɔr pəs ˈlu ti əm/

noun, plural corpora lutea
[kawr-per-uh loo-tee-uh] /ˈkɔr pər ə ˈlu ti ə/ (Show IPA)
Anatomy, Zoology. a ductless gland developed within the ovary by the reorganization of a Graafian follicle following ovulation.
Pharmacology. an extract of this gland, usually of the hog or cow, the chief product of which is progesterone.
noun (pl) corpora lutea (ˈluːtɪə)
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

corpus luteum corpus lu·te·um (lōō’tē-əm)
A yellow, progesterone-secreting mass of cells that forms from a Graaffian follicle after the release of a mature egg.
corpus luteum
Plural corpora lutea
A yellow mass of cells that forms from a mature ovarian follicle after ovulation and that secretes progesterone. If fertilization of the egg occurs, the corpus luteum persists for the first few months of pregnancy.


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