oo·​cyte | \ ˈō-ə-ˌsīt How to pronounce oocyte (audio) \

Definition of oocyte

: an egg before maturation : a female gametocyte

Examples of oocyte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Up to $60,000 in reimbursements are available for fertility/infertility treatment costs, adoption, surrogacy and oocyte cryopreservation. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 8 May 2022 At age 35, Sun underwent oocyte cryopreservation, or egg freezing, yielding three to four eggs each cycle. Courtney Vinopal, Quartz, 3 Mar. 2022 The procedure, known as mature oocyte cryopreservation, has helped many people potentially expand their timeline for having kids. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, 15 May 2021 Once inside, proteins within the sperm cell’s head prompt the oocyte to finish maturing and to release chemicals that harden the outer shell of the egg, preventing other sperm from barging in. Randi Hutter Epstein, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2020 Wolf centers have collected semen and female oocytes from ovaries for about 25 years to preserve their genomes. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, 30 Dec. 2019 The news comes just weeks after a team of veterinarians achieved another milestone by harvesting 10 oocytes from the last two remaining female northern white rhinos living in Kenya. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, 11 Sep. 2019 Because of the progressive decline in the quality of a woman's oocytes (eggs) over time, there isn't a way to naturally extend the biological clock. Brennan Peterson, chicagotribune.com, 26 June 2018 With just two living sources of oocytes and semen stored from five males, researchers would have to reboot an entire subspecies from a mere seven animals. Stephanie Pappas, Scientific American, 13 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of oocyte

1895, in the meaning defined above

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21 May 2022

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“Oocyte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oocyte. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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oo·​cyte | \ ˈō-ə-ˌsīt How to pronounce oocyte (audio) \

Medical Definition of oocyte

: an egg before maturation : a female gametocyte

called also ovocyte

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