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Meaning of GERM CELL

Pronunciation:  jurm sel

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a spermatozoon or an ovum
 Synonyms: reproductive cell, sex cell
 See Also: cell, gamete, genital system, reproductive system



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Germ cell\ (Biol.)
A cell, of either sex, directly concerned in the production
of a new organism.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A reproductive cell such as a spermatocyte or an oocyte, or a cell that will develop into a reproductive cell.
  1. Reproductive cell. See Somatic cell
  2. Sperm and egg cells and their precursors. Germ cells are haploid and have only one set of chromosomes (23 in all), while all other cells have two copies (46 in all).
Thesaurus Terms
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