[ gam-eet, guh-meet ]
/ ˈgæm it, gəˈmit /
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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 gametega·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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How to use gamete in a sentence
Compensation for the donation of gametes is also possible, with $35-$125 being the range for sperm donations, and $5,000-$10,000 the range for egg donations.Why Paying People To Get The Coronavirus Vaccine Won’t Work|LGBTQ-Editor|December 12, 2020|No Straight News
In explaining the rise and fall of nations, gametic and personal causes can be measured and marked.
Evidently the two sets of hens have a very different gametic constitution.
The evidence for the gametic interpretations of the self-colored fowl is derived from hybridizations.
The gametic formula of this race proves to be CjnwX—the Jungle-fowl pattern being absent.
The result is so close, however, as to lend strong support to our hypothesis as to the gametic constitution of the parents.
British Dictionary definitions for gamete
/ (ˈɡæmiːt, ɡəˈmiːt) /
a haploid germ cell, such as a spermatozoon or ovum, that fuses with another germ cell during fertilization
Derived forms of gametegametal or gametic (ɡəˈmɛtɪk), adjective
Word Origin for gamete
C19: from New Latin, from Greek gametē wife, from gamos marriage
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Scientific definitions for gamete
[ găm′ēt′ ]
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
A reproductive cell having a single set of chromosomes, especially a mature sperm or egg.
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