oogenesis

noun
oo·​gen·​e·​sis | \ ˌō-ə-ˈje-nə-səs How to pronounce oogenesis (audio) \

Definition of oogenesis

: the process of female gamete formation including formation of an oocyte from an oogonium (see oogonium sense 2) followed by meiotic division

Other Words from oogenesis

oogenetic \ ˌō-​ə-​jə-​ˈne-​tik How to pronounce oogenesis (audio) \ adjective

Examples of oogenesis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web First, females must be able to create egg cells (oogenesis) without stimulation from sperm or mating. Mercedes Burns, CNN, 27 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of oogenesis

circa 1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oogenesis

New Latin

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“Oogenesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oogenesis. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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oogenesis

noun
oo·​gen·​e·​sis | \ ˌō-ə-ˈjen-ə-səs How to pronounce oogenesis (audio) \
plural oogeneses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce oogenesis (audio) \

Medical Definition of oogenesis

: formation and maturation of the egg

called also ovogenesis

Other Words from oogenesis

oogenetic \ -​jə-​ˈnet-​ik How to pronounce oogenesis (audio) \ adjective

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