egg cell

noun

Definition of egg cell 

: ovum

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Some of this sperm was injected into egg cells taken from females of the southern white rhino subspecies. NBC News, "Scientists use test-tube science to save nearly extinct rhino," 4 July 2018 To make embryos express it, the researchers injected messenger RNA for HCN2 into some frog egg cells just a couple of hours after they were fertilized. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Brainless Embryos Suggest Bioelectricity Guides Growth," 18 Mar. 2018 In this case, the scientists from the Rigshospitalet fertility center in Copenhagen were able to create an artificial ovary that could be used to grow immature egg cells into a form that could then later be transplanted back into the woman. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Scientists Say They've Made Progress on an Artificial Ovary to Help Cancer Patients. There's a Catch," 2 July 2018 Researchers in San Diego, the Czech Republic, Austria, Italy and Japan are working on transforming northern white rhino skin cells into such stem cells and then into egg cells. Daniel Fernandez, Smithsonian, "Can the Northern White Rhino Be Brought Back From the Brink of Extinction?," 22 May 2018 Next, the sperm cell has to pick up speed to be able to fuse with the egg cell, and the sperm's cell membrane has to become more fluid. Carla Bleiker, USA TODAY, "NASA shoots human sperm into space," 12 Apr. 2018 In mammals, including humans, fertilization occurs when a sperm cell swims toward and enters an egg cell. Carla Bleiker, USA TODAY, "NASA shoots human sperm into space," 12 Apr. 2018 So to reach the ovaries, scientists need to use a special tool with an ultrasound probe and needle at the end to aspirate the egg cells. Alessandra Potenza, The Verge, "Inside the high-tech plot to save the northern white rhino from extinction," 6 Apr. 2018 Fertility Unlimited Whitacre spends his time looking at egg cells under a microscope in Fertility Unlimited's embryology lab, where eggs grow in a tabletop incubator a little smaller than microwave. Ginger Christ And Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "Tours of Ohio fertility clinics show procedures in place to safeguard eggs, embryos (photos, videos)," 25 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of egg cell

1880, in the meaning defined above

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egg cell

noun

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

egg cell

noun

Medical Definition of egg cell 

: ovum

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