[oh-uh-sahyt] /ˈoʊ əˌsaɪt/

noun, Cell Biology.
an immature egg cell of the animal ovary; in humans, one oocyte matures during the menstrual cycle, becoming an ootid and then an ovum, while several others partially mature and then disintegrate.
an immature female germ cell that gives rise to an ovum after two meiotic divisions

1895, from oo- + -cyte (see cyto-).

oocyte o·o·cyte (ō’ə-sīt’)
A cell from which an egg or ovum develops by meiosis; a female gametocyte.
A diploid cell that undergoes meiosis to form eggs.


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