egg cell


Definition of egg cell

: ovum

Examples of egg cell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When a cell divides in two to make an egg cell, the other half becomes a polar body, which contains a near-identical copy of DNA. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 28 Oct. 2021 The cell is from a hydatidiform mole, a kind of reproductive growth that represents an extremely early, unviable union between a sperm and an egg cell that has no nucleus. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 3 June 2021 In 1996, researchers at the Roslin Institute cloned a cell taken from the mammary gland of a 6-year-old Finn Dorset sheep and an egg cell taken from a Scottish blackface sheep, and the result was Dolly. Washington Post, 21 May 2021 Using this method, the team hooked a protein called folate receptor 4 that is found on the surface of the mouse egg cell. Erika Check Hayden, Scientific American, 18 Apr. 2014 This method is faster than those that involve altering sperm or egg cells. Simon Makin, Scientific American, 14 May 2020 Telomerase is an important tool for cells that divide frequently—like blood cells, the lining of our digestive systems, or sperm and egg cells. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, 19 Dec. 2019 But when the insertion of a retrovirus occurs in a sperm or an egg cell, the change can become permanent, passed on forever. James Gorman, New York Times, 10 Oct. 2019 But the vast majority of cells (save for red blood cells, sperm or egg cells, and cells along parts of the digestive tract) have the gene switched permanently off. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, 14 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of egg cell

1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of egg cell was in 1880

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5 Nov 2021

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“Egg cell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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Kids Definition of egg cell

: a female reproductive cell of animals and plants that can unite with a sperm cell to form a new individual

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Medical Definition of egg cell

: ovum


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