oocyte

oocyte

[oh-uh-sahyt]
noun Cell Biology.
an immature egg cell of the animal ovary; in humans, one oocyte matures during the menstrual cycle, becoming an ootid and then an ovum, while several others partially mature and then disintegrate.

Origin:
1890–95; oo- + -cyte

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oocyte (ˈəʊəˌsaɪt)
 
n
an immature female germ cell that gives rise to an ovum after two meiotic divisions

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oocyte
1895, from oo- + -cyte (see cyto-).
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oocyte o·o·cyte (ō'ə-sīt')
n.
A cell from which an egg or ovum develops by meiosis; a female gametocyte.

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oocyte   (ō'ə-sīt')  Pronunciation Key 
A diploid cell that undergoes meiosis to form eggs.
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