/oh"euh suyt'/, n. Cell Biol.
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.
[1890-95; OO- + -CYTE]

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