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a combining form with the meaning “having gametes or reproductive organs” of the kind specified by the initial element: heterogamous; also forming adjectives corresponding to nouns ending in -gamy:
Origin of -gamous
< Greek -gamos marrying; see -ous Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -gamous


combining form
denoting marrying or uniting sexually: monogamous
Word Origin
from Greek gamos; see -gamy
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Word Origin and History for -gamous

word-forming element meaning "marrying," from Greek gamos "marriage" (see gamete) + -ous.

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-gamous in Medicine

-gamous suff.

  1. Having a specified number of mates: monogamous.

  2. Having a specified kind of reproduction or reproductive organs: heterogamous.

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