noun Cell Biology.
- an immature egg cell of the animal ovary; in humans, one oocyte matures during the menstrual cycle, becoming an ootid and then an ovum, while several others partially mature and then disintegrate.
- an immature female germ cell that gives rise to an ovum after two meiotic divisions
n.1895, from oo- + -cyte (see cyto-). n.
- A cell from which an egg or ovum develops by meiosis; a female gametocyte.
- A diploid cell that undergoes meiosis to form eggs.