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[oh-uh-sahyt] /ˈoʊ əˌsaɪt/
noun, Cell Biology.
an immature egg cell of the animal ovary; in humans, one oocyte matures during the menstrual cycle, becoming an ootid and then an ovum, while several others partially mature and then disintegrate.
Origin of oocyte
First recorded in 1890-95; oo- + -cyte Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for oocyte


an immature female germ cell that gives rise to an ovum after two meiotic divisions
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Word Origin and History for oocyte

1895, from oo- + -cyte (see cyto-).

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oocyte in Medicine

oocyte o·o·cyte (ō'ə-sīt')
A cell from which an egg or ovum develops by meiosis; a female gametocyte.

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oocyte in Science
A diploid cell that undergoes meiosis to form eggs.
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