AskDefine | Define gametocyte

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gametocyte n : an immature animal or plant cell that develops into a gamete by meiosis

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Noun

gametocyte (plural gametocytes)
  1. A diploid germ cell that divides by meiosis into a gamete. Male gametocytes are called spermatocytes, and female gametocytes are called oocytes.

Extensive Definition

A gametocyte is a eukaryotic germ cell that divides by mitosis into other gametocytes or by meiosis into gametids during gametogenesis. Male gametocytes are called spermatocytes, and female gametocytes are called oocytes.
The term gametocyte is also used, for example, when talking about gametocytes of species of the genus Plasmodium which transmit malaria.

Development

The development of gametogonia to primary gametocytes is called gametocytogenesis. The further development of primary gametocytes to secondary gametocytes is a part of gametidogenesis.
gametocyte in Spanish: Gametocito
gametocyte in Thai: แกมีโทไซต์
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