sperm cell

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Recent Examples on the Web But a donor’s blood cells should not be able to create new sperm cells, Dr. Rezvani said. Heather Murphy, New York Times, "When a DNA Test Says You’re a Younger Man, Who Lives 5,000 Miles Away," 7 Dec. 2019 The studies showed that overindulgence in food or exposure to toxins at this key developmental stage left a biological memory on sperm cells that could be passed on to future generations. Judith Finlayson, chicagotribune.com, "Men’s lifestyles can affect babies’ health," 27 Nov. 2019 The egg and sperm cells cultivate the most interest, and the goal is to create and unite them. Ashley Braun, Longreads, "Research and Rescue: Saving Species from Ourselves," 24 Oct. 2019 One lineage of embryonic cells in C. elegans (known as the P lineage) uses polarity to divide asymmetrically four times; the fifth division is then symmetric, permanently establishing the germline responsible for egg and sperm cells. Quanta Magazine, "For Embryo’s Cells, Size Can Determine Fate," 12 Aug. 2019 In addition, the sperm of marijuana smokers had erratic or unusual sperm cell size and shape, as well as sluggish swimmers. Brendan Bures, chicagotribune.com, "Weed and infertility: Should men worry about their marijuana consumption?," 13 Aug. 2019 But Galli and his team managed to fertilize some of the eggs using a technique called intracytoplasmic sperm injection, or ICSI, where a sperm cell is directly implanted inside the egg’s cell wall. Rebecca Boyle, Discover Magazine, "The Quixotic Quest to Birth a Baby Northern White Rhino," 25 June 2019 Our diagnosis was azoospermia due to Sertoli cell-only syndrome (which means the testicles fail to produce living sperm cells). Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "I Was Told I'd Never Have A Biological Child. Now I'm Celebrating Father's Day.," 15 June 2019 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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1851, in the meaning defined above

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“Sperm cell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sperm%20cell. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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sperm cell

noun

Kids Definition of sperm cell

: a male reproductive cell of animals and plants that can unite with an egg cell to form a new individual cell

sperm cell

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