[ 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

First recorded in 1885–90; spermato- + -cyte

Related forms

sper·ma·to·cyt·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for spermatocyte


/ (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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Medicine definitions for spermatocyte


[ spər-mătə-sīt′, spûrmə-tə- ]


A diploid cell that undergoes meiosis to form four spermatids.

Related forms

sper•mat′o•cytal (-sītl) adj.
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Science definitions for spermatocyte


[ spər-mătə-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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