germ cell


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n germ cell a spermatozoon or an ovum; a cell responsible for transmitting DNA to the next generation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Germ cell (Biol) A cell, of either sex, directly concerned in the production of a new organism.
    • Germ cell (Biol) the germ, egg, spore, or cell from which the plant or animal arises. At one time a part of the body of the parent, it finally becomes detached, and by a process of multiplication and growth gives rise to a mass of cells, which ultimately form a new individual like the parent. See Ovum.
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In literature:

The nutrition and growth of the individual must exercise some influence upon its germ-cells .
"Essays on Life, Art and Science" by Samuel Butler
These somatic cells, being mortal, differ altogether from the germ-cells and the protozoa.
"The Whence and the Whither of Man" by John Mason Tyler
It is a germ-cell, that holds all things.
"The Other Girls" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
We have said that two kinds of cells represent reproduction, namely, sperm and germ-cells.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
The body does not produce the germ-cells, he pointed out; instead, the germ-cells produce the body.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
But why should there be changes in the constitution of the germ-cells?
"The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by J. Arthur Thomson
He had the great advantage over von Baer of being able to make use of the cell-theory in interpreting the formation of the germ-layers.
"Form and Function" by E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
Pseudova: egg-like germ cells capable of development without fertilization e.g.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Cell-development exemplified evolution of pre-existing germs, the progeny of the primary cell.
"The World's Greatest Books - Volume 15 - Science" by Various
In physical science we know the vital force exists which builds the germ and sperm cells, but we do not comprehend it.
"The Christian Foundation, Or, Scientific and Religious Journal, Volume 1, January, 1880" by Various
In other words, the two factors that have been brought together in the hybrid separate in its germ cells.
"A Critique of the Theory of Evolution" by Thomas Hunt Morgan
Germ-cells are composed almost exclusively of protein material.
"The Chemistry of Plant Life" by Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
If it be asked how modifications are actually transmitted, we may say that it can be only by an affection of the germ-cell.
"Homo-culture" by Martin Luther Holbrook
These exceedingly small germ-cells afterwards develop into the very different, adult gregarine-cells.
"The Biological Problem of To-day" by Oscar Hertwig
The same truth applies to the cells which make up the body of the embryo and the individual, as well as to the germ-cells.
"Embryology" by Gerald R. Leighton
Repressed emotion was undesirable; it hid like a morbid germ in the brain cells and worked with insidious effect upon the mind.
"The Stronger Influence" by F.E. Mills Young
A general criticism must be made, that Spencer thought of the germ-cell much too simply.
"Herbert Spencer" by J. Arthur Thomson
Hence the invariable character of the germ-cells.
"A Review of the Systems of Ethics Founded on the Theory of Evolution" by C. M. Williams
Through a series of divisions a germ-cell gives rise to a body or a soma and to new germ-cells.
"Being Well-Born" by Michael F. Guyer
All our objects, then, from a germ cell to the horizon, are constructed such through a mental principle innate in our own structure.
"The Church of St. Bunco" by Gordon Clark

In poetry:

What if I once did dwell
In the lowest dust germ-cell,
A faint fore-hint of life called forth of God,
Waxing and struggling on,
Through the long, flickering dawn,
The awful while His feet earth's bosom trod?
"The Final Thought" by Maurice Thompson

In news:

Germ cell tumor metastatic to the oral cavity.
Germ cell tumor metastatic to the oral cavity .
Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) have linked recreational marijuana use to an increased risk of developing testicular germ-cell tumors, the most frequent tumor type in men aged 15 to 45.
Germ cell tumor metastatic to the oral cavity.
Display items you can touch…like cameras and cell phones…are absolutely COVERED in germs .
The virus that causes AIDS — HIV — destroys T-cells, key soldiers of the immune system that fight germs.
Many patients presumed to have a primary retroperitoneal germ-cell tumor may have an occult germ-cell tumor of the testicle .
Recreational marijuana use has been linked to an increased risk of testicular cancer, particularly the more dangerous non-seminoma and mixed germ cell tumor types, according to a new study.
Testicular germ-cell tumours (TGCTs) represent the model of a curable malignancy.
There are colonies of germs on your cell phone.
Experts conducted a germ test on cell phones and found entire colonies of bacteria on cell phone screens.

In science:

The use of ’normal’ and ’transformed’ gynandromorphs in mapping the primordial germ cells and the gonadal mesoderm in drosophila.
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation
The “synthetic theory”, also called “Neodarwinism”, unified the findings of genetics with Darwin’s principle of natural selection into a theory of evolution where spontaneous, random mutations in the germ cells produce the variation on which natural selection acts.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics