germ cell


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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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The incidence rates were highest among white children in almost all diagnostic groups examined, except retinoblastoma and hepatic tumours (highest in coloured children), germ cell tumours (highest in Asian/Indian children) and Kaposi's sarcoma (highest in black Africans).
Different therapeutic interventions for male infertility have to be developed depending on the severity of germ cell deficits in individual patients.
5, 7) However, germ cell anomalies, possibly due to DBP-related effects on Sertoli cells, have been observed in fetal rat and mouse testes as well as samples of fetal human testis xenografts (testicular tissue implanted under the skin of mice).
Crosstalk between endoplasmic reticulum stress and mitochondrial pathway mediates cadmium-induced germ cell apoptosis in testes.
Masses arising in the anterior mediastinum include most commonly, thymomas (approximately 20 percent of cases), lymphomas (15-20 percent of cases), and germ cell tumors (approximately 15 percent of cases).
Of the rare malignant lesions that occur in pregnancy, approximately half are epithelial tumors and one-third are germ cell tumors.
Le pronostic etait mauvais pour notre patient selon la Classification pronostique IGCCCG (International Germ Cell Cancer Collaborative Group) des stades metastatiques, du fait de la presence de metastases extrapulmonaires (hepatiques) et d'un taux de LDH superieur a 10 UI/lL[sup.
The queen would be the germ cell, carrying out the sole task of maintaining the hive's population; and the worker bees would be the somatic cells, fulfilling all of the other necessary duties needed to ensure the hive's health.
Dr Rajasekhar Cingapagu, the consultant paediatric surgeon who led the operation, said: "The extragonadal germ cell tumour is an extremely rare condition.
Additionally, 5% of all patients diagnosed with testicular cancer may have contralateral intratubular germ cell neoplasia and may develop a contralateral germ cell tumor.
Also known as endodermal sinus tumors, YSTs represent 3 to 5% of pediatric malignancies (1,2) and are malignant germ cell tumors that produce alpha-fetoprotein (AFP).
The histopathological examination revealed that the tumor included structures derived from all 3 germ cell layers: ectoderm, mesoderm, and endoderm (eg, cartilaginous, osseous, hematopoietic, fibrous, nervous, glandular, squamous epithelial, and smooth muscle tissues).