polar body

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po·lar bod·y

one of two small cells formed by the first and second meiotic division of oocytes; the first is usually released just before ovulation, the second not until discharge of the oocyte from the ovary; in mammals, the second polar body may fail to form unless the oocyte has been penetrated by a sperm.

polar body

n.
Either of two small cells produced during the first and second meiotic divisions in the development of an oocyte, containing little cytoplasm and eventually degenerating.

polar body

one of the small cells produced during the two meiotic divisions in the maturation of a female gamete, or ovum. Polar bodies are nonfunctional and incapable of being fertilized. See also oogenesis.

po·lar bod·y

(pō'lăr bod'ē)
One of two small cells formed by the first and second meiotic division of oocytes; the first is usually released just before ovulation, the second not until discharge of the oocyte from the ovary.