primary spermatocyte

primary spermatocyte

noun Cell Biology.
See under spermatocyte.

Origin:
1895–1900

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spermatocyte

[spur-mat-uh-sahyt, spur-muh-tuh-]
noun Cell Biology.
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.

Origin:
1885–90; spermato- + -cyte

spermatocytal, adjective
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spermatocyte (ˈspɜːmətəʊˌsaɪt)
 
n
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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primary spermatocyte n.
The spermatocyte arising by a growth phase from a spermatogonium.

spermatocyte sper·mat·o·cyte (spər-māt'ə-sīt', spûr'mə-tə-)
n.
A diploid cell that undergoes meiosis to form four spermatids.


sper·mat'o·cyt'al (-sīt'l) adj.
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spermatocyte   (spər-māt'ə-sīt')  Pronunciation Key 
A diploid cell that undergoes meiosis to form four spermatids, cells which then develop into sperm. See more at spermatogenesis.
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