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polar body

noun, Cell Biology
1.
one of the minute cells arising from the unequal meiotic divisions of the ovum at or near the time of fertilization.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90
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  • The smaller cell from this division is a second polar body.
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polar body

noun
1.
(physiol) a tiny cell containing little cytoplasm that is produced with the ovum during oogenesis when the oocyte undergoes meiosis
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polar body in Medicine

polar body n.
Either of two small cells formed by the ovum during its maturation, the first usually released just before ovulation and the second not until after the ovum has been discharged from the ovary and penetrated by a sperm cell.

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polar body in Science
polar body  
One of the small cells that are produced during the development of an oocyte and ultimately degenerate. A polar body contains one of the nuclei derived from the first or second meiotic division but little or no cytoplasm. See Note at oogenesis.
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