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

Examples of gamete in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The parents who have benefited from the generous gift of gamete donation must remember that there is a human being on the other side of the gift with partners, parents, jobs and children of their own. Caitlin Harrington, Wired, 30 July 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 18 Aug. 2019 These stem cells will eventually be converted into gametes, sperm and egg cells. San Diego Union-Tribune, 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, 15 Nov. 2017 There’s a little explosion of light as both dump their gametes in the water. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, 11 Aug. 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 5 Aug. 2021.

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gamete

noun

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 gamete (audio) , -​ˈmēt-​ How to pronounce gamete (audio) \ adjective
gametically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce gamete (audio) \ adverb

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