Definition of oocyte in English:


Syllabification: o·o·cyte
Pronunciation: /ˈōəˌsīt


  • A cell in an ovary that may undergo meiotic division to form an ovum.
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    • In mammals, signals from the gonads determine whether the germ cells develop into oocytes or sperm.
    • As semen quality reduces, the proportion of oocytes fertilised by in vitro insemination decreases.
    • However, in young women this comes at a price - many women lose ovarian function because oocytes or their support cells are damaged by the treatment.

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