macrogametocyte

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macrogametocyte

 [mak″ro-gah-me´to-sīt]
a cell that produces macrogametes.
the female gametocyte of certain Sporozoa, such as malarial plasmodia, which matures into a macrogamete.

mac·ro·ga·me·to·cyte

(mak'rō-gă-mē'tō-sīt),
The female gametocyte or mother cell producing the female or macrogamete among fungi or protozoa that undergo anisogamy.
Synonym(s): macrogamont

macrogametocyte

/mac·ro·ga·me·to·cyte/ (-gah-mēt´ah-sīt)
1. a cell that produces macrogametes.
2. the female gametocyte of certain Sporozoa, such as malarial plasmodia, which matures into a macrogamete.

macrogametocyte

[-gamē′təsīt]
Etymology: Gk, makros + gamete + kytos, cell
an enlarged merozoite that undergoes meiosis to form the mature female gamete during the sexual phase of the life cycle of certain thallophytes and sporozoa, specifically the malarial parasite Plasmodium. Macrogametocytes are found in the red blood cells of a person infected with the malarial parasite, but they must be ingested by a female Anopheles mosquito to complete the maturation process and develop into macrogametes.

mac·ro·ga·me·to·cyte

(mak'rō-gă-mē'tō-sīt)
The female gametocyte or mother cell producing the female or macrogamete among fungi or protozoa that undergo anisogamy.

macrogametocyte

1. a cell that produces macrogametes.
2. the female gametocyte of ampicomplexan protozoa which matures into a macrogamete.
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In the mature macrogamont, the nucleus develops funnel-formed extensions into the cell wall (wall-forming bodies II), through which microgametes can penetrate.