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germ cell

noun, Biology
the sexual reproductive cell at any stage from the primordial cell to the mature gamete.
Origin of germ cell
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The rule, as we now know, is that one germ-cell contains any given unit, while another does not.

    Woman and Womanhood C. W. Saleeby
  • The line of descent or inheritance, therefore, is from germ-cell to germ-cell, and not from parents.

    Embryology Gerald R. Leighton
  • The seed-germ, and the germ-cell, out of which organic life comes, is lower than the organizations which are developed out of it.

    Ten Great Religions James Freeman Clarke
  • The problems of the germ-cell, and its heredity, therefore, are very similar in both cases.

    Embryology Gerald R. Leighton
  • That is, there was no evidence of a trait or character having been acquired by the body and handed on to the germ-cell.

    Being Well-Born Michael F. Guyer
  • What the exact relation of color production is to the parts of the germ-cell we do not know.

    Being Well-Born Michael F. Guyer
  • Germinal (sprig), due to something present in the germ-cell.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • For the brain of a child is not descended from the brain of his parent, but from a germ-cell carried by that parent.

    Being Well-Born Michael F. Guyer
  • Given favorable circumstances, the germ-cell should be expected to be equally immortal.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • It is the first germ-cell of death, which germ-cell threw out the great nuclei of the sun and the moon.

British Dictionary definitions for germ-cell

germ cell

a sexual reproductive cell; gamete Compare somatic cell
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germ-cell in Medicine

germ cell n.
An ovum or a sperm cell or one of their developmental precursors. Also called sex cell.

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germ-cell in Science
germ cell  
  1. One of the diploid cells in the reproductive organs of a multicellular organism that undergo division and are the precursors of haploid gametes, such as a spermatogonium or oogonium.

  2. See gamete.

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