germ-cell

germ cell

noun Biology.
the sexual reproductive cell at any stage from the primordial cell to the mature gamete.

Origin:
1850–55

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germ cell
 
n
Compare somatic cell a sexual reproductive cell; gamete

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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  
  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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