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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 exact mechanism of mammalian female germ-cell death is not well understood as yet.
Triple-color FISH analysis of 12p amplification in testicular germ-cell tumors using 12p band-specific painting probes.
The success story of curing germ-cell tumors (GCTs) established a cisplatin-based chemotherapy as a mainstay for achieving >95% relative overall survival rate [1].
Kiya et al., "Intracranial germ-cell tumor with synchronous lesions in the pineal and suprasellar regions: report of six cases and review of the literature," Surgical Neurology, vol.
Lin, "[beta]-human chorionic gonadotropin-secreting intracranial germ-cell tumor associated with high testosterone in an adult man: A case report," Oncology Letters, vol.
Choriocarcinoma syndrome (CS) is a clinical entity within the spectrum of advanced nonseminomatous germ-cell tumors (NSGCT) that presents in nearly 10% of these cases.
Human bone marrow stem cells (hBMSC) transdifferentiated into male germ like cells and expressed specific germ cell markers NANOG,OCT4, STELLA and male germ-cell markers such as DAZL, and SCP3 (Drusenheimer et al.; Hua et al.).
High-dose versus conventional-dose chemotherapy as first salvage therapy in patients with non-seminomatous germ-cell tumours: a matched pair analysis.
Effects of di(n-butyl) phthalate exposure on foetal rat germ-cell number and differentiation: identification of age-specific windows of vulnerability.