(Latin: ripe; to ripen; timely)
mature ovarian follicle
The ovarian follicle when fully developed and about to rupture at ovulation.
Usually only one follicle reaches maturity during each reproductive cycle in the human female. It is then 15-18 mm in diameter.
In polytocous mammals, several follicles reach maturity and ovulate simultaneoously.
Someone who brings to maturity.
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