[mahy-kroh-gam-eet, -guh-meet]

noun Cell Biology.

(in heterogamous reproduction) the smaller and, usually, the male of two conjugating gametes.

Nearby words

  1. microfilm plotter,
  2. microfilter,
  3. microflora,
  4. microform,
  5. microfossil,
  6. microgametocyte,
  7. microgametophyte,
  8. microgastria,
  9. microgeneration,
  10. microgenia

Origin of microgamete

First recorded in 1890–95; micro- + gamete

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British Dictionary definitions for microgamete



the smaller and apparently male of two gametes in conjugating protozoansCompare macrogamete
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Medicine definitions for microgamete


[mī′krō-gămēt′, -gə-mēt]


The smaller of a pair of conjugating gametes, usually the male, in a heterogamous organism.

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Science definitions for microgamete


[mī′krō-gămēt′, -gə-mēt]

The smaller of a pair of conjugating gametes, usually the male, in an organism that reproduces by heterogamy.
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