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[ oh-uh-gam-eet, -guh-meet ]
/ oʊ əˈgæm it, -gəˈmit /

noun Cell Biology.

one of a pair of structurally dissimilar gametes, the female gamete being large and nonmotile and the male gamete being small and motile.

Nearby words

ooblast, oocyst, oocyte, oodles, oof, oogamete, oogamous, oogamy, oogenesis, oogenetic, oogonium

Origin of oogamete

First recorded in 1890–95; oo- + gamete
Related formso·og·a·mous [oh-og-uh-muh s] /oʊˈɒg ə məs/, adjectiveo·og·a·my, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for oogamete


[ ō′ə-gămēt′, -gə-mēt ]


A female gamete, especially the larger of two gametes produced by an oogamous species.
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