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Antral Follicle

Antral follicle appearance marked by the formation of a fluid-filled cavity adjacent to the oocyte called the antrum. Granulosa and theca cells continue to undergo mitosis concomitant with an increase in antrum volume. Antral follicle growth is gonadotropin-dependent.

At the end of its growth, the mature follicle reacts to a discharge of gonadotropic hormones by transformations which lead to follicular rupture (ovulation).
Tertiary Follicle, Mature Follicle, Graafian Follicle
Antral Follicle
Multiple Ancestors Single Ancestor No Descendants Develops from Part of Parent