from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A reproductive cell, either the sperm-cell of the male or the ovum of the female, or one of the cells from which they arise by division, such as the spermatogonia and the oögonia.


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  • In reproduction, the male sex-cell, which is scarcely more than a minute mass of chromatin provided with a thin coat of protoplasm and a motile organ, fuses with the egg, and the nuclei of the two cells unite to form a double body, which contains equal contributions of chromatin from the two parental organisms.

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