microgamete

[ mahy-kroh-gam-eet, -guh-meet ]
/ ˌmaɪ kroʊˈgæm it, -gəˈmit /

noun Cell Biology.

(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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British Dictionary definitions for microgamete

microgamete
/ (ˌmaɪkrəʊˈɡæmiːt) /

noun

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

microgamete
[ mī′krō-gămēt′, -gə-mēt ]

n.

The smaller of a pair of conjugating gametes, usually the male, in a heterogamous organism.
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Scientific definitions for microgamete

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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