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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n spermatocyte a male gametocyte that develops into four spermatids
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Spermatocyte (Physiol) Same as Spermoblast.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spermatocyte In botany, the mother-cell of a spermatozooid.
    • n spermatocyte The cell whose nuclear chromatin and cell-protoplasm become respectively the head and tail of the spermatozoön: synonymous with spermatoblast.
    • spermatocyte Of or pertaining to a spermatocyte.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Spermatocyte a mother-cell from which spermatozoids are developed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Spermato-, + Gr. a hollow vessel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. sperma—Gr. sperma, spermatosspeirein, to sow.


In literature:

Spermatocytes: the cells arising from the spermatogonia.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Figures 215 and 216 are equatorial plates of the first spermatocyte mitosis.
"Studies in Spermatogenesis (Part 1 of 2)" by Nettie Maria Stevens
The equatorial plates of the two resulting kinds of second spermatocytes appear in figures 75 and 76.
"Studies in Spermatogenesis" by Nettie Maria Stevens
Primary spermatocytes appear in the tubules from mid-May to early June.
"Natural History of the Ornate Box Turtle, Terrapene ornata ornata Agassiz" by John M. Legler
In each primary spermatocyte the pairing of the chromosomes already alluded to occurs as indicated in Fig.
"Being Well-Born" by Michael F. Guyer