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heterogamy

[het-uh-rog-uh-mee]
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noun
  1. heterogamous state.

Origin of heterogamy

First recorded in 1870–75; hetero- + -gamy
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Examples from the Web for heterogamy

Historical Examples

  • Alterations in the position of the sexual organs are spoken of under the head of Heterogamy.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • Other illustrations of a similar character are mentioned under the head of Heterogamy (p. 196).

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • Heterogamy: applied to those cases in which two sexual or a sexual and parthenogenetic generation alternate.

  • Another interesting type of heterogamy is that which has been long known in the Aphides.

  • The heterogamy of the allied Coccid is practically the same as that of the Aphid.


British Dictionary definitions for heterogamy

heterogamy

noun
  1. a type of sexual reproduction in which the gametes differ in both size and formCompare isogamy
  2. a condition in which different types of reproduction occur in successive generations of an organism
  3. the presence of both male and female flowers in one inflorescenceCompare homogamy (def. 1)
Derived Formsheterogamous, adjective
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heterogamy in Medicine

heterogamy

(hĕt′ə-rŏgə-mē)
n.
  1. The state or condition in which conjugating gametes are dissimilar in structure and size as well as in function.
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heterogamy in Science

heterogamy

[hĕt′ə-rŏgə-mē]
  1. Alternation of sexual and parthenogenetic generations, as in the life cycles of some aphids.
  2. A reproductive system that is characterized by the fusion of gametes (called heterogametes) that are dissimilar in size and structure, such as the egg and sperm of animals.
Related formsheterogamous adjective
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