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[mahy-kroh-gam-eet, -guh-meet]
noun Cell Biology.
  1. (in heterogamous reproduction) the smaller and, usually, the male of two conjugating gametes.
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Origin of microgamete

First recorded in 1890–95; micro- + gamete
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Historical Examples of microgamete

  • On coming into contact with this protuberance (probably attracted to it by the female pronucleus), a microgamete adheres.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5


British Dictionary definitions for microgamete


  1. the smaller and apparently male of two gametes in conjugating protozoansCompare macrogamete
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microgamete in Medicine


(mī′krō-gămēt′, -gə-mēt)
  1. The smaller of a pair of conjugating gametes, usually the male, in a heterogamous organism.
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microgamete in Science


[mī′krō-gămēt′, -gə-mēt]
  1. The smaller of a pair of conjugating gametes, usually the male, in an organism that reproduces by heterogamy.
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