Etymology

1. oocyte

noun. a female gametocyte that develops into an ovum after two meiotic divisions.

Etymology

  • -cyte (English)
  • cyta (Latin)
  • oo- (English)
  • ᾠο- (Ancient Greek (to 1453))

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Example sentences of the word oocyte


1. Noun, singular or mass
Consequently, a single primary oocyte gives rise to only one egg and three polar bodies whereas a single primary spermatocyte can give rise to four sperm.

2. Adjective
99.9 percent of a female’s ova remain in the primary oocyte stage until they are eventually absorbed by the body.

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