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[proh-gam-eet, proh-guh-meet]
noun Biology.
  1. a cell that is the precursor of one ovum or many spermatozoa; a spermatocyte or oocyte.
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Origin of progamete

First recorded in 1890–95; pro-2 + gamete
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Examples from the Web for progamete

Historical Examples

  • The ocyte (progamete) gives rise by division to the ovum or true gamete, the nucleus of which is called the female pronucleus.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 3