Ferry, James F. Department of Biology, Madison College, Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Ackerman, Ralph A. Department of Zoology, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
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- Respiratory gas exchange
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A single, large, living, female sex cell enclosed in a porous, calcareous shell through which gases may pass. Although they vary in size, shape, and color, the eggs of chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys are essentially the same in structure and content (see illustration). Inward from the shell are the outer and inner shell membranes which are also permeable to gases. The membranes are constructed to prevent rapid evaporation of moisture from the egg but to allow free entry of oxygen, which is necessary for life. Air begins to penetrate the shell soon after the egg is laid, and it tends to accumulate in a space between the two membranes at the large end of the egg. See also: Cell (biology)
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