egg cell


Definition of egg cell

: ovum

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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 In nature, they're formed from primordial germ cells and can be seen as precursors to egg cells. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Take Major Step Towards Making Babies From Skin Cells," 21 Sep. 2018 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

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1880, in the meaning defined above

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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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