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isogamy

[ ahy-sog-uh-mee ]
/ aɪˈsɒg ə mi /
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noun Biology.
the fusion of two gametes of similar form, as in certain algae.
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Origin of isogamy

First recorded in 1890–95; iso- + -gamy
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How to use isogamy in a sentence

  • The gametes show every gradation from complete similarity (isogamy) to a condition like that of Cutleria.

British Dictionary definitions for isogamy

isogamy
/ (aɪˈsɒɡəmɪ) /

noun
(in some algae and fungi) sexual fusion of gametes of similar size and formCompare heterogamy (def. 1)

Derived forms of isogamy

isogamous, adjective
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Scientific definitions for isogamy

isogamy
[ ī-sŏgə-mē ]

A reproductive system characterized by the fusion of gametes (called isogametes) that are not distinguished in size or structure. Isogamy is found in some algae and other protist groups. Compare heterogamy.

Other words from isogamy

isogamous adjective
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