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: endogamous.

Origin of -gamous

< Greek -gamos marrying; see -ous
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British Dictionary definitions for -gamous


adj combining form

denoting marrying or uniting sexuallymonogamous

Word Origin for -gamous

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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Medicine definitions for -gamous



Having a specified number of mates:monogamous.
Having a specified kind of reproduction or reproductive organs:heterogamous.
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