Mature human egg

Mature human egg

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Credit: PROFESSOR P.M. MOTTA ET AL/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Mature oocyte with a polar body. Coloured light micrograph of a human secondary oocyte (mature egg), with its first polar body. At centre is the egg (yellow) with the polar body coloured yellow and wedge-shaped (lower centre right). Before ovulation the egg cell undergoes meiotic division giving rise to two cells: a secondary oocyte and a polar body. The polar body degenerates and has no function. Here, directly around the egg is the zona pellucida single layer of cells (unfocused); outside the zona pellucida are several layers of cells making up the corona radiata (blue). Magnification: x560 at 6x7cm size. x740 at 4x5".

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Keywords: anatomy, circle, circular, corona radiata, egg, egg cell, female, female reproductive system, human, human body, human oocyte, images, light micrograph, magnified image, microscopic photos, oocyte, ovum, polar body, reproduction, reproductive system, round, rounded, secondary, secondary oocyte, sphere, spherical, subjects, zona pellucida

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