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noun, plural: oocytes

(1) A female gametocyte.

(2) A developing female germ cell.


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

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