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[spur-mat-uh-sahyt, spur-muh-tuh-]
noun Cell Biology.
  1. 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.
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Origin of spermatocyte

First recorded in 1885–90; spermato- + -cyte
Related formssper·ma·to·cyt·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for spermatocyte


  1. zoology an immature male germ cell, developed from a spermatogonium, that gives rise, by meiosis, to four spermatids
  2. botany a male germ cell that develops into an antherozoid
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spermatocyte in Medicine


(spər-mătə-sīt′, spûrmə-tə-)
  1. A diploid cell that undergoes meiosis to form four spermatids.
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Related formssper•mat′o•cytal (-sītl) adj.
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spermatocyte in Science


  1. A diploid cell that undergoes meiosis to form four spermatids, cells which then develop into sperm. See more at spermatogenesis.
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