gamete

[ 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.

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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 [guh-met-ik] /gəˈmɛt ɪk/, ga·me·tal [guh-meet-l] /gəˈmit l/, adjectivega·met·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for gamete

gamete
/ (ˈɡæmiːt, ɡəˈmiːt) /

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

gamete
[ gămēt′, gə-mēt ]

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

gamete
[ gămēt′ ]

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

gamete

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

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