oogenesis

noun

oo·​gen·​e·​sis ˌō-ə-ˈje-nə-səs How to pronounce oogenesis (audio)
: the process of female gamete formation including formation of an oocyte from an oogonium (see oogonium sense 2) followed by meiotic division
oogenetic adjective

Examples of oogenesis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, the theropods from the oogenesis, Himeoolithus and Macroelongatoolithus, laid the smallest and largest dinosaur eggs ever discovered, which are around 2 and 24 inches in length. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 21 Mar. 2023 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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Word History

Etymology

New Latin

First Known Use

circa 1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oogenesis was circa 1879

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“Oogenesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oogenesis. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

oogenesis

noun
oo·​gen·​e·​sis ˌō-ə-ˈjen-ə-səs How to pronounce oogenesis (audio)
: the process of female gamete formation including meiosis and formation of eggs

Medical Definition

oogenesis

noun
oo·​gen·​e·​sis ˌō-ə-ˈjen-ə-səs How to pronounce oogenesis (audio)
plural oogeneses -ˌsēz How to pronounce oogenesis (audio)
: formation and maturation of the egg

called also ovogenesis

oogenetic adjective

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