reproductive cell


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re·pro·duc·tive cell

(rē′prə-dŭk′tĭv)
A cell whose nucleus unites with that of a cell of the opposite sex to form a new organism. A reproductive cell contains only a single (haploid) set of chromosomes. Animal egg and sperm cells, the nuclei in grains of pollen, and egg cells in plant ovules are all reproductive cells. Also called gamete, sex cell. See Note at mitosis.
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Noun1.reproductive cell - a spermatozoon or an ovumreproductive 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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1) a germ cell, the female reproductive cell containing in its nucleus
A sperm-producing gene that appeared at the dawn of animal evolution is present in nearly every animal from sea anemones to people, suggesting that the male reproductive cell evolved from a common ancestor.
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