gamete

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gam·ete

noun \ˈga-ˌmēt also gə-ˈmēt\

: one of the cells that join together to begin making a person or other creature

Full Definition of GAMETE

:  a mature male or female germ cell usually possessing a haploid chromosome set and capable of initiating formation of a new diploid individual by fusion with a gamete of the opposite sex
ga·met·ic \gə-ˈme-tik, -ˈmē-\ adjective
ga·met·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin of GAMETE

New Latin gameta, from Greek gametēs husband, from gamein to marry
First Known Use: 1886

Other Cell Biology Terms

cytology, vacuole, zygote

ga·mete

noun \ˈgam-ˌēt also gə-ˈmēt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of GAMETE

: a mature male or female germ cell usually possessing a haploid chromosome set and capable of initiating formation of a new diploid individual by fusion with a gamete of the opposite sex—called also sex cell
ga·met·ic \gə-ˈmet-ik, -ˈmēt-\ adjective
ga·met·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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