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noun Cell Biology.
  1. the fusion of the nuclei of cells, as in fertilization.
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Compare plasmogamy.

Origin of karyogamy

First recorded in 1890–95; karyo- + -gamy
Related formskar·y·o·gam·ic [kar-ee-uh-gam-ik] /ˌkær i əˈgæm ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for karyogamy


  1. biology the fusion of two gametic nuclei during fertilization
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Derived Formskaryogamic (ˌkærɪəˈɡæmɪk), adjective
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karyogamy in Medicine


  1. The coming together and fusing of cell nuclei, as in fertilization.
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Related formskar′y•o•gamic (-ə-gămĭk) adj.
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