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germ cell

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

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


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

A reproductive cell of a plant or animal; a gamete. In mammals, germ cells are eggs or sperm.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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In WHO 2016, the concept of germ cells with delayed maturation is introduced and the importance of their distinction from GCNIS is emphasized; this distinction will likely be most needed in the evaluation of biopsies from the cryptorchid testes of children at the time of orchiopexy.
At 13.5 days post coitum, germ cells accumulated at the gonadal regions of the embryonic urogenital ridges.
These tumors are comprised of seminomas, which account for approximately 50% of cases and are derived from undifferentiated primordial germ cells, and nonseminomas, which constitute approximately 40% of cases and exhibit different stages of differentiation.
This phenomenon, however cannot conclusively comply with several genes in stem cells and germ cells, of which H3K4me3 regions are presented without transcription.
Human tissues exposed to either drug for one week in a dish had reduced numbers of cells that give rise to sperm and eggs, called germ cells, the study found.
Bergmann et al., "An in vitro model demonstrates the potential of neoplastic human germ cells to influence the tumour microenvironment," Andrology, vol.
Caption: Figure 2: Germinoma (left): large round germ cells (black arrows) within a background of lymphocytes (white arrow); H&E 200x, insert showing H&E 400x (right).
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.
Thus, a competing pathogenetic theory was forwarded postulating STM to originate from primitive totipotent germ cells [25].