oocyte

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. oo,
  2. oo gauge,
  3. oo-,
  4. ooblast,
  5. oocyst,
  6. oodles,
  7. oof,
  8. oogamete,
  9. oogamous,
  10. oogamy

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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Word Origin and History for oocyte

oocyte

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine 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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Science definitions for oocyte

oocyte

[ ōə-sīt′ ]

A diploid cell that undergoes meiosis to form eggs.
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