from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A cell from which an egg or ovum develops by meiosis; a female gametocyte.

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  • n. A cell that develops into an egg or ovum; a female gametocyte.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


From oo- + -cyte. (Wiktionary)



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  • ~ A cell from which an egg develops.
    ~ The developing female gamete before completion and release.
    ~ The female germ cells in stages between the prophase of the 1st maturation division, and the completion of the 2nd maturation division.

    January 18, 2009