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germ cell

noun, Biology.
the sexual reproductive cell at any stage from the primordial cell to the mature gamete.
Origin of germ cell
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
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germ cell

a sexual reproductive cell; gamete Compare somatic cell
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germ cell in Medicine

germ cell n.
An ovum or a sperm cell or one of their developmental precursors. Also called sex cell.

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germ cell in Science
germ cell  
  1. One of the diploid cells in the reproductive organs of a multicellular organism that undergo division and are the precursors of haploid gametes, such as a spermatogonium or oogonium.

  2. See gamete.

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