gamete [ gam-eet, g uh- meet ] SHOW IPA / ˈgæm it, gəˈmit / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun Biology. a mature sexual reproductive cell, as a sperm or egg, that unites with another cell to form a new organism. QUIZZES CAN YOU ACE THIS QUIZ ABOUT “COMPLIMENT” VS. “COMPLEMENT”?
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Origin of gamete
1885–90; < New Latin
gameta < Greek gamet- (stem of gametḗ wife, gamétēs husband), derivative of gameîn to marry OTHER WORDS FROM gamete ga·met·ic , [g uh- met-ik] /gəˈmɛt ɪk/ ga·me·tal , [g uh- meet-l] /gəˈmit l/ adjective ga·met·i·cal·ly, adverb Words nearby gamete gamesmanship
gamete intrafallopian transfer
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Example sentences from the Web for gamete
What is the relation between
gamete and zygote, between zygote and gamete?
But the problem of the way in which characters are distributed from
gamete to zygote and from zygote to gamete remained as before.
It is obvious that the chances of R being distributed to a
gamete with or without P are equal.
The two were mutually exclusive so far as the
gamete was concerned. British Dictionary definitions for gamete noun a haploid germ cell, such as a spermatozoon or ovum, that fuses with another germ cell during fertilization Derived forms of gamete gametal or gametic ( ɡəˈmɛtɪk), adjective Word Origin for gamete
C19: from New Latin, from Greek
gametē wife, from gamos marriage
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Medical definitions for gamete n. 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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Scientific definitions for gamete 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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Cultural definitions for gamete
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