egg cell


Definition of egg cell

: ovum

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Scientists have been collecting and storing animals’ sperm and egg cells, as well as bits of skin and other tissue, that one day may be used to revivify species in danger of extinction as a result of hunting or habitat loss. Katarina Zimmer /, NBC News, "Why last rhino's sad demise may not mean extinction for his species," 21 Mar. 2018 Egg-freezing clinics purport to sidestep a dilemma faced especially by women who wait beyond their mid-thirties, when egg cell deterioration can accelerate, to have a baby. The Economist, "The fertility business is booming," 8 Aug. 2019 And each of your sperm or egg cells carries a mish-mash of your own genes, so none of your children will get the same thing. Quanta Magazine, "Missing Mutations Suggest a Reason for Sex," 13 July 2017 These stem cells will eventually be converted into gametes, sperm and egg cells. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Birth at Safari Park marks milestone in saving nearly extinct rhino," 29 July 2019 Respondents were particularly worried that such animals could have enhanced intelligence or carry human sperm and egg cells. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Embryo experiments take ‘baby steps’ toward growing human organs in livestock," 26 June 2019 Recent, early research has shown that stem cells can be used to form the precursors of sperm and egg cells, which can later be combined to form a new embryo. Rebecca Boyle, Discover Magazine, "The Quixotic Quest to Birth a Baby Northern White Rhino," 25 June 2019 Recombination is a process in which the maternal and paternal copies of chromosomes exchange blocks of DNA with each other during meiosis, the production of sperm and egg cells. Quanta Magazine, "Theorists Debate How ‘Neutral’ Evolution Really Is," 8 Nov. 2018 As the reproductive cells of the body, these can be either egg cells or sperm cells. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Did You Know Dermoid Cysts Can Have Hair, Skin, and TEETH?," 15 Jan. 2019

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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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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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