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Ovocyte

Definition

noun, plural: ovocytes

(1) A female gametocyte.

(2) A developing female germ cell or gamete.


Supplement

An ovocyte 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).


Word origin: From Latin ovum (egg) + New Latin cyta from Ancient Greek kutos (vessel, jar).

Variant: oocyte, ocyte

Compare: spermatocyte

See also: meiosis, ootidogenesis, oocytogenesis


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... number of eggs. However, they are somewhere in the milions. Out of this huge number of egg cells, only about 400 will reach the stage of secondary ovocyte over the years. The process is indeed, genetically timed. Actually in 2004 some researchers found out that mouse egg cells can in fact divide. ...

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by MrMistery
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