Treatise on the Diseases of Women
=The Female Element.=--As I have already said, the female germ-cell is also known as the ovum, or egg. A single ovum is shown in Fig. 1.
If not fertilized by the male elements, the egg passes off into the outside world; if fertilized, it stops in the cavity of the uterus, where it forms an attachment. Here it remains until perfectly developed, when, at the end of nine months, it is brought forth to the outside world as a perfect infant.
=One Female Element; Many Male Elements.=--The human ovum is often said to be a mi