[ oh-uh-sahyt ]

nounCell Biology.
  1. 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


/ (ˈəʊəˌsaɪt) /

  1. an immature female germ cell that gives rise to an ovum after two meiotic divisions

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Scientific definitions for oocyte


[ ōə-sīt′ ]

  1. A diploid cell that undergoes meiosis to form eggs.

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