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/ 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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Take primordial oocytes, cells in the ovaries that can lie dormant for decades before maturing into an egg.A Newfound Source of Cellular Order in the Chemistry of Life|Viviane Callier|January 7, 2021|Quanta Magazine
British Dictionary definitions for oocyte
/ (ˈəʊəˌsaɪt) /
an immature female germ cell that gives rise to an ovum after two meiotic divisions
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Medical definitions for oocyte
[ ō′ə-sīt′ ]
A cell from which an egg or ovum develops by meiosis; a female gametocyte.
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Scientific definitions for oocyte
[ ō′ə-sīt′ ]
A diploid cell that undergoes meiosis to form eggs.
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