Definition of oocyte in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈəʊəsʌɪt/


A cell in an ovary which may undergo meiotic division to form an ovum.
Example sentences
  • 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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