heterogamy

[ het-uh-rog-uh-mee ]
/ ˌhɛt əˈrɒg ə mi /

noun

heterogamous state.

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Origin of heterogamy

First recorded in 1870–75; hetero- + -gamy
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British Dictionary definitions for heterogamy

heterogamy
/ (ˌhɛtəˈrɒɡəmɪ) /

noun

a type of sexual reproduction in which the gametes differ in both size and formCompare isogamy
a condition in which different types of reproduction occur in successive generations of an organism
the presence of both male and female flowers in one inflorescenceCompare homogamy (def. 1)

Derived forms of heterogamy

heterogamous, adjective
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Medical definitions for heterogamy

heterogamy
[ hĕt′ə-rŏgə-mē ]

n.

The state or condition in which conjugating gametes are dissimilar in structure and size as well as in function.
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Scientific definitions for heterogamy

heterogamy
[ hĕt′ə-rŏgə-mē ]

Alternation of sexual and parthenogenetic generations, as in the life cycles of some aphids.
A reproductive system that is characterized by the fusion of gametes (called heterogametes) that are dissimilar in size and structure, such as the egg and sperm of animals.

Other words from heterogamy

heterogamous adjective
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