Polar Body

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polar body

[′pō·lər ‚bäd·ē]
(cell and molecular biology)
One of the small bodies cast off by the oocyte during maturation.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Polar Body


(also polocyte), in animals, a formation containing nuclear material and a small amount of cytoplasm. The polar bodies separate from the oocyte in the first and second meiotic divisions and subsequently degenerate.

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