gamete

noun
gam·​ete | \ ˈga-ˌmēt How to pronounce gamete (audio) also gə-ˈmēt How to pronounce gamete (audio) \

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

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Other Words from gamete

gametic \ gə-​ˈme-​tik How to pronounce gametic (audio) , -​ˈmē-​ How to pronounce gametic (audio) \ adjective
gametically \ gə-​ˈme-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce gametically (audio) , -​ˈmē-​ \ adverb

Examples of gamete in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Clearly, there are strong mechanisms by which Mendel’s law of segregation (that decrees equal access to gametes by allelic pairs) is enforced. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Triumph or Cooperation in Game Theory and Evolution’," 8 Dec. 2017 Irena discovered a branch of the Institut Marquès in Ireland, a country that permits non-anonymous gamete donation. Anna Louie Sussman, The New Yorker, "When the Government Seizes Your Embryos," 22 Oct. 2019 To get around that, another group is working on producing artificial gametes—egg and sperm—from preserved skin tissue from 12 white rhinos. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Eggs Successfully Collected from the Last Two Northern White Rhinos," 24 Aug. 2019 Once a group of adults is conditioned, they are transferred to warmer water and made to release their gametes. Julia Rentsch, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland oysters are having a bad year, and here’s why," 18 Aug. 2019 These stem cells will eventually be converted into gametes, sperm and egg cells. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Birth at Safari Park marks milestone in saving nearly extinct rhino," 29 July 2019 The exact identity of the sperm was random, and the egg waited passively until the Michael Phelps of gametes finally arrived. Quanta Magazine, "Choosy Eggs May Pick Sperm for Their Genes, Defying Mendel’s Law," 15 Nov. 2017 There’s a little explosion of light as both dump their gametes in the water. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "These Tiny Fireworms Light up to Make Love," 11 Aug. 2018 In December 2017, Surani announced a crucial milestone concerning the eight-week cycle, after which germ cells begin the process of transforming into gametes. Jason Pontin, WIRED, "Science Is Getting Us Closer to the End of Infertility," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of gamete

1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gamete

borrowed from German Gamet, borrowed from Greek gamétēs "husband" or gametḗ "wife," from game-, stem of gameîn "to marry" + -tēs, -tē, agent suffixes — more at -gamous

Note: Gamet was introduced by the Polish-German biologist Eduard Strasburger (1844-1912) in an article cowritten with the botanist Anton de Bary, "Acetabularia mediterranea" (Botanische Zeitung, 35. Jahrgang, No. 47, 23. November 1877), pp. 745-56.

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“Gamete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gamete. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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gamete

noun
How to pronounce gamete (audio) How to pronounce gamete (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of gamete

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

gamete

noun
ga·​mete | \ ˈgam-ˌēt also gə-ˈmēt \

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

Other Words from gamete

gametic \ gə-​ˈmet-​ik How to pronounce gametic (audio) , -​ˈmēt-​ How to pronounce gametic (audio) \ adjective
gametically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce gametically (audio) \ adverb

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