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heterogametic

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

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

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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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Medical 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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