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gametophyte

noun ga·me·to·phyte \gə-ˈmē-tə-ˌfīt\

Definition of GAMETOPHYTE

:  the haploid multicellular individual or generation of a plant or alga with alternation of generations that begins with a haploid spore, produces gametes by mitotic division, and ends with fertilization producing a diploid zygote and that constitutes the visibly dominant form in mosses and algae, exists as an independent plant body in ferns and their relatives, and is reduced to a microscopic or rudimentary state in seed plants — compare sporophyte
ga·me·to·phyt·ic \-ˌmē-tə-ˈfi-tik\ adjective

Origin of GAMETOPHYTE

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: circa 1889

gametophyte

noun ga·me·to·phyte \gə-ˈmēt-ə-ˌfīt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of GAMETOPHYTE

:  the individual or generation of a plant exhibiting alternation of generations that bears sex organs—compare sporophyte
ga·me·to·phyt·ic \-ˌmēt-ə-ˈfit-ik\ adjective

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