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Maturation of the Follicle and Oocyte

What is the function of the follicle? Each follicle is a single egg cell surrounded by several layers of follicle cells. An ovary consists of many follicles. The follicle cells protect and nourish the egg prior to its release into the oviducts during ovulation. The follicular tissue also release estrogens. The estrogens interact with other hormones produced in the brain to regulate the female reproductive cycle. Each follicle only produces a single egg and then breaks down.

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1When a primary follicle enlarges, and there are several layers of granulosa cells, it is called a...
A)primordial follicle.
B)primary follicle.
C)secondary follicle.
D)mature follicle.
E)corpus luteum.



2Which of the following has an antrum?
A)primordial follicle
B)primary follicle
C)secondary follicle
D)mature follicle
E)corpus luteum



3Which of the following is involved in ovulation?
A)primordial follicle
B)primary follicle
C)secondary follicle
D)mature follicle
E)corpus luteum



4At full maturity, an oocyte is located in the corona radiata.
A)True
B)False



5During ovulation, the oocyte is surrounded by some of the cells of the corona radiata called the cumulus mass.
A)True
B)False







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