oogonium

[ oh-uh-goh-nee-uh m ]
/ ˌoʊ əˈgoʊ ni əm /

noun, plural o·o·go·ni·a [oh-uh-goh-nee-uh] /ˌoʊ əˈgoʊ ni ə/, o·o·go·ni·ums. Biology.

one of the undifferentiated germ cells giving rise to oocytes.
the one-celled female reproductive organ in certain thallophytes, usually a more or less spherical sac containing one or more eggs.

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Origin of oogonium

From New Latin, dating back to 1865–70; see origin at oo-, -gonium

OTHER WORDS FROM oogonium

o·o·go·ni·al, adjective

Words nearby oogonium

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British Dictionary definitions for oogonium

oogonium
/ (ˌəʊəˈɡəʊnɪəm) /

noun plural -nia (-nɪə) or -niums

an immature female germ cell forming oocytes by repeated divisions
a female sex organ of some algae and fungi producing female gametes (oospheres)

Derived forms of oogonium

oogonial, adjective
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Medical definitions for oogonium

oogonium
[ ō′ə-gōnē-əm ]

n. pl. o•o•go•ni•ums

The primitive egg mother cell from which the oocytes develop.

Other words from oogonium

o′o•goni•al (-nē-əl) adj.
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Scientific definitions for oogonium

oogonium
[ ō′ə-gōnē-əm ]

Plural oogonia oogoniums

A female reproductive structure in certain algae and fungi. It is usually a rounded cell or sac containing one or more oospheres.
A cell that arises from a primordial germ cell and differentiates into an oocyte in the ovary of female animals.
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