noun Cell Biology.
See under spermatocyte.
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- primary rainbow,
- primary reaction,
- primary root,
- primary school,
- primary sex characteristic,
- primary stress,
- primary structure,
- primary succession,
- primary syphilis,
- primary tissue
Origin of primary spermatocyte
First recorded in 1895–1900
[ spur-mat-uh-sahyt, spur-muh-tuh- ]
/ spɜrˈmæt əˌsaɪt, ˈspɜr mə tə- /
noun Cell Biology.
a male germ cell (primary spermatocyte) that gives rise by meiosis to a pair of haploid cells (secondary spermatocytes) that give rise in turn to spermatids.
Origin of spermatocyte
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/ (ˈspɜːmətəʊˌsaɪt) /
zoology an immature male germ cell, developed from a spermatogonium, that gives rise, by meiosis, to four spermatids
botany a male germ cell that develops into an antherozoid
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The spermatocyte arising by a growth phase from a spermatogonium.
[ spər-măt′ə-sīt′, spûr′mə-tə- ]
A diploid cell that undergoes meiosis to form four spermatids.
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[ spər-măt′ə-sīt′ ]
A diploid cell that undergoes meiosis to form four spermatids, cells which then develop into sperm. See more at spermatogenesis.
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