polar body

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polar body

n.
Either of two small cells produced during the first and second meiotic divisions in the development of an oocyte, containing little cytoplasm and eventually degenerating.

polar body

n
(Biology) physiol a tiny cell containing little cytoplasm that is produced with the ovum during oogenesis when the oocyte undergoes meiosis

po′lar bod′y


n.
one of the minute cells arising from the unequal meiotic divisions of the ovum at or near the time of fertilization.
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Noun1.polar body - a small cell containing little cytoplasm that is produced along with the oocyte and later discarded
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