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.
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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