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germ cell

n.
An ovum or a sperm cell or one of its developmental precursors.

germ cell

n
(Biology) a sexual reproductive cell; gamete. Compare somatic cell

germ′ cell`


n.
a sexual reproductive cell at any stage from the primordial cell to the mature gamete.
[1850–55]

germ cell

A reproductive cell of a plant or animal; a gamete. In mammals, germ cells are eggs or sperm.
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Noun1.germ cell - a spermatozoon or an ovumgerm cell - a spermatozoon or an ovum; a cell responsible for transmitting DNA to the next generation
cell - (biology) the basic structural and functional unit of all organisms; they may exist as independent units of life (as in monads) or may form colonies or tissues as in higher plants and animals
gamete - a mature sexual reproductive cell having a single set of unpaired chromosomes
genital system, reproductive system - organs and tissues involved in the production and maturation of gametes and in their union and subsequent development as offspring
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Germ cell tumours form a varied group of benign and malignant neoplasms derived from primordial germ cells occurring in a variety of sites, both gonadal and extra gonadal.
GermAge will address mostly the aging female gametogenesis known to be most severely affected by aging, but also the important contribution of aging male germ cells to age-related fertility and inheritance problems.
However, we show that the ability of a specific folate to stimulate germ cells is independent of its role as a vitamin, implying that it acts directly as a signaling molecule.
Although the exact causative factor of germ cell tumors is not known, the hypothesis is that the disease process starts in fetal life and consists of abnormal proliferation of primordial germ cells.
FGF2 has also been indicated to stimulate germ cells proliferation and self-renewal (3,7).
Germ cell neoplasms arise from primordial germ cells of the gonad that differentiate to embryonic and extraembryonic tissues.
Germ cell tumors are derived from the primordial germ cells of the ovary.
A major cause of male infertility is the failure of precursor germ cells in the testes to undergo a type of cell division called meiosis to form functional sperm cells.
In juvenile (1 mo old) pearl oysters, a clump of germ cells first formed from several cells that were distributed symmetrically and lateral to the visceral mass.
1,5) The accepted theory is that these tumours originate from displaced germ cells during embryonic development in the fetus.
In mice, germ cells, which give rise to sperm and eggs, undergo a thorough cleaning: Most chemical tags get erased.