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noun, plural: oocytes
(1) A female gametocyte.
(2) A developing female germ cell.
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).