egg cell


: ovum

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Although the cells of both sexes have ribosomes, they are inherited exclusively through their incorporation in the mother’s egg cell rather than through the father’s sperm. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 20 Nov. 2012 The egg cell was then implanted into a surrogate mother, who then live birthed the newborn. Charlotte Hu, Discover Magazine, 24 Jan. 2018 Sperm injection into a human oocyte, or immature egg cell. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 1 Feb. 2016 The edited genome would then be implanted into an egg cell of that related species to develop. Christine Kenneally, Scientific American, 31 Jan. 2023 When the procedure works smoothly, the remodeled egg cell will possess the chromosomal DNA of a prospective mother like Messer and the mitochondrial DNA of the donor. Stephen S. Hall, Wired, 11 Mar. 2021 John Gurdon removes the nucleus from the egg cell of a frog and replaces it with a nucleus of a mature cell from a tadpole. Adam Piore, Discover Magazine, 18 July 2016 Cloning requires access to an egg cell that is ready for fertilization but not yet fertilized. Christine Kenneally, Scientific American, 31 Jan. 2023 In Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua’s cases, fetal fibroblast nuclei were transplanted into the egg cell. Charlotte Hu, Discover Magazine, 24 Jan. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of egg cell was in 1880

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“Egg cell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

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egg cell


Medical Definition

egg cell

: ovum
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