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
gameticallyplay \gə-ˈme-ti-k(ə-)lē, -ˈmē-\ adverb
Recent Examples of gamete from the Web
The corals in natural conditions spawned as predicted and expressed many genes only during or just before releasing their gametes.
There, drenched in moonlight, gametes from different colonies began to fuse and form free-swimming larvae, which would eventually settle on the seafloor, bud, and construct new coral citadels—a process now more vital than ever.
The chalk bass, however, is capable of producing both male and female gametes (sperm or eggs) simultaneously.
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Origin and Etymology of 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 ◆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.
First Known Use: 1878See Words from the same year
GAMETE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gamete for English Language Learners
: one of the cells that join together to begin making a person or other creature
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
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