heterogametic

[ het-uh-roh-guh-met-ik ]
/ ˌhɛt ə roʊ gəˈmɛt ɪk /

adjective Genetics.

(of a species or individual organism) having two unlike gametes.

Nearby words

  1. heteroecious,
  2. heteroecism,
  3. heteroerotism,
  4. heteroflexible,
  5. heterogamete,
  6. heterogamous,
  7. heterogamy,
  8. heterogeneity,
  9. heterogeneous,
  10. heterogeneous nuclear rna

Compare homogametic.

Origin of heterogametic

First recorded in 1905–10; hetero- + gametic

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British Dictionary definitions for heterogametic

heterogametic

/ (ˌhɛtərəʊɡəˈmɛtɪk) /

adjective

genetics denoting the sex that possesses dissimilar sex chromosomes. In humans and many other mammals it is the male sex, possessing one X-chromosome and one Y-chromosomeCompare homogametic
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Medicine definitions for heterogametic

heterogametic

[ hĕt′ə-rō-gə-mĕtĭk ]

adj.

Producing dissimilar gametes, such as those of human males, who produce two types of spermatozoa, one bearing the X-chromosome and the other bearing the Y-chromosome.

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