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[ey-gam-eet, ey-guh-meet]
noun Cell Biology.
  1. an asexual reproductive cell, as a spore, that forms a new organism without fusion with another cell.
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Origin of agamete

1915–20; < Greek agámet(os) unmarried, equivalent to a- a-6 + -gametos married, derivative of gamétēs; see gamete
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British Dictionary definitions for agamete


  1. a reproductive cell, such as the merozoite of some protozoans, that develops into a new form without fertilization
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Word Origin

C19: from Greek agametos unmarried; see a- 1, gamete
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