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oocyte

[ oh-uh-sahyt ]
/ ˈoʊ əˌsaɪt /
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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.

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Origin of oocyte

First recorded in 1890–95; oo- + -cyte
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British Dictionary definitions for oocyte

oocyte
/ (ˈəʊəˌsaɪt) /

noun

an immature female germ cell that gives rise to an ovum after two meiotic divisions
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Medical definitions for oocyte

oocyte
[ ōə-sīt′ ]

n.

A cell from which an egg or ovum develops by meiosis; a female gametocyte.
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Scientific definitions for oocyte

oocyte
[ ōə-sīt′ ]

A diploid cell that undergoes meiosis to form eggs.
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