gamete

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noun gam·ete \ˈga-ˌmēt also gə-ˈmēt\

Definition of gamete

  1. :  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 \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of gamete

New Latin gameta, from Greek gametēs husband, from gamein to marry


First Known Use: 1886

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GAMETE Defined for English Language Learners

gamete

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noun gam·ete \ˈga-ˌmēt also gə-ˈmēt\

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

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noun ga·mete \ˈgam-ˌēt also gə-ˈmēt\

Medical Definition of gamete

  1. :  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

\gə-ˈmet-ik, -ˈmēt-\play play adjective

gametically

\-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb

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