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[gam-eet, guh-meet] /ˈgæm it, gəˈmit/
noun, Biology.
a mature sexual reproductive cell, as a sperm or egg, that unites with another cell to form a new organism.
Origin of gamete
1885-90; < New Latin gameta < Greek gamet- (stem of gametḗ wife, gamétēs husband), derivative of gameîn to marry
Related forms
[guh-met-ik] /gəˈmɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
[guh-meet-l] /gəˈmit l/ (Show IPA),
gametically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for gamete
Historical Examples
  • It is the participation of the gamete in the process that is our criterion of what is and what is not heredity.

    Mendelism Reginald Crundall Punnett
  • The two were mutually exclusive so far as the gamete was concerned.

    Mendelism Reginald Crundall Punnett
  • For on hypothesis every gamete must be pure for one or other of these two characters.

    Mendelism Reginald Crundall Punnett
  • The saving grace is with the gamete, and with the gamete alone.

    Mendelism Reginald Crundall Punnett
  • What is the relation between gamete and zygote, between zygote and gamete?

    Mendelism Reginald Crundall Punnett
  • But any individual sex-cell, or gamete, cannot (according to his view) bear both Dominant and Recessive traits.

    Feminism and Sex-Extinction Arabella Kenealy
  • The factor for this or that unit-character is either present in the gamete or it is not present.

    Mendelism Reginald Crundall Punnett
  • But the problem of the way in which characters are distributed from gamete to zygote and from zygote to gamete remained as before.

    Mendelism Reginald Crundall Punnett
  • For two series each consisting of four different types of gamete we require a square divided up into 16 parts.

    Mendelism Reginald Crundall Punnett
  • Beyond their existence in the gamete and their mode of transmission we make no suggestion as to the nature of these factors.

    Mendelism Reginald Crundall Punnett
British Dictionary definitions for gamete


/ˈɡæmiːt; ɡəˈmiːt/
a haploid germ cell, such as a spermatozoon or ovum, that fuses with another germ cell during fertilization
Derived Forms
gametal, gametic (ɡəˈmɛtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Greek gametē wife, from gamos marriage
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Word Origin and History for gamete

"sexual protoplasmic body," 1880, coined 1878 by German cytologist Eduard Strasburger (1844-1912), the widespread attribution to Mendel being apparently erroneous; from Greek gamete "a wife," gametes "a husband," from gamein "to take to wife, to marry," from PIE root *gem(e)- "to marry" (cf. Greek gambros "son-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law;" Sanskrit jamih "brother, sister," jama daughter-in-law;" Avestan zama-tar "son-in-law;" Latin gener "son-in-law"). Cf. also -gamy. The seventh month of the ancient Attic calendar (corresponding to late January and early February) was Gamelion, "Month of Marriages."

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gamete in Medicine

gamete gam·ete (gām'ēt', gə-mēt')
A reproductive cell having the haploid number of chromosomes, especially a sperm or egg capable of fusing with a gamete of the opposite sex to produce a fertilized egg.

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gamete in Science
A cell whose nucleus unites with that of another cell to form a new organism. A gamete contains only a single (haploid) set of chromosomes. Animal egg and sperm cells, the nuclei carried in grains of pollen, and egg cells in plant ovules are all gametes. Also called germ cell, reproductive cell, sex cell. See Note at mitosis.
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gamete in Culture

gamete definition

A reproductive cell having a single set of chromosomes, especially a mature sperm or egg.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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