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[spur-mat-uh-sahyt, spur-muh-tuh-] /spɜrˈmæt əˌsaɪt, ˈspɜr mə tə-/
noun, Cell Biology.
a male germ cell (primary spermatocyte) that gives rise by meiosis to a pair of haploid cells (secondary spermatocytes) that give rise in turn to spermatids.
(zoology) an immature male germ cell, developed from a spermatogonium, that gives rise, by meiosis, to four spermatids
(botany) a male germ cell that develops into an antherozoid

spermatocyte sper·mat·o·cyte (spər-māt’ə-sīt’, spûr’mə-tə-)
A diploid cell that undergoes meiosis to form four spermatids.
sper·mat’o·cyt’al (-sīt’l) adj.
A diploid cell that undergoes meiosis to form four spermatids, cells which then develop into sperm. See more at spermatogenesis.


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  • Spermatogenous

    [spur-muh-toj-uh-nuh s] /ˌspɜr məˈtɒdʒ ə nəs/ adjective 1. producing spermatozoa.

  • Spermatogonium

    [spur-mat-uh-goh-nee-uh m, spur-muh-tuh-] /spɜrˌmæt əˈgoʊ ni əm, ˌspɜr mə tə-/ noun, plural spermatogonia [spur-mat-uh-goh-nee-uh, spur-muh-tuh-] /spɜrˌmæt əˈgoʊ ni ə, ˌspɜr mə tə-/ (Show IPA). Cell Biology. 1. one of the undifferentiated germ cells giving rise to spermatocytes. spermatogonium /ˌspɜːmətəˈɡəʊnɪəm/ noun (pl) -nia (-nɪə) 1. (zoology) an immature male germ cell that divides to form many […]

  • Spermatoid

    adjective 1. resembling sperm. spermatoid sper·ma·toid (spûr’mə-toid’) adj. Resembling a sperm or the whiplike tail of a sperm.

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