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'''Definition'''
  
The developing [[female]] [[gamete]] before completion and [[release]]. The female [[germ cells]] in [[stages]] between the [[prophase]] of the first [[maturation]] [[division]] and the completion of the [[second]] maturation division.
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''noun, plural: oocytes''
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(1) A female [[gametocyte]].
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(2) A developing female [[germ cell]].
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'''Supplement'''
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The [[oocyte]] is an [[immature]] female [[sex cell]]. It starts off as an [[oogonium]] by the process of [[oocytogenesis]], and matures to give rise to a fully mature [[ovum]] or [[egg cell]] and [[ootid]] (by [[ootidogenesis]]).
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In humans, the oocytes are of two types:
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*[[primary oocyte]]s
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*[[secondary oocyte]]s
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The counterpart of [[oocyte]] in males is [[spermatocyte]].
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''Word origin:'' From Ancient Greek ᾠο-, combining form of ᾠόν (egg) + New Latin ''cyta'' from Ancient Greek κύτος ''kutos'', (vessel, jar).
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''Variant:''  [[ovocyte]],  [[ocyte]]
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''Compare:'' [[spermatocyte]]
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''See also:'' [[meiosis]], [[ootidogenesis]], [[oocytogenesis]]
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''Related terms:''
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*[[primary oocyte]]
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*[[secondary oocyte]]

Latest revision as of 11:38, 7 October 2009

Definition

noun, plural: oocytes

(1) A female gametocyte.

(2) A developing female germ cell.


Supplement

The oocyte is an immature female sex cell. It starts off as an oogonium by the process of oocytogenesis, and matures to give rise to a fully mature ovum or egg cell and ootid (by ootidogenesis).

In humans, the oocytes are of two types:

The counterpart of oocyte in males is spermatocyte.


Word origin: From Ancient Greek ᾠο-, combining form of ᾠόν (egg) + New Latin cyta from Ancient Greek κύτος kutos, (vessel, jar).

Variant: ovocyte, ocyte

Compare: spermatocyte

See also: meiosis, ootidogenesis, oocytogenesis

Related terms:

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