gamete

noun gam·ete \ ˈga-ˌmēt also gə-ˈmēt \

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

gametic

play \gə-ˈme-tik, -ˈmē-\ adjective

gametically

play \gə-ˈme-ti-k(ə-)lē, -ˈmē-\ adverb

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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
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 Defined for English Language Learners

gamete

noun

Definition of gamete for English Language Learners

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


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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

gametic

play \gə-ˈmet-ik, -ˈmēt-\ adjective

gametically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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