ga·​me·​to·​gen·​e·​sis gə-ˌmē-tə-ˈje-nə-səs How to pronounce gametogenesis (audio) ˌga-mə-tə- How to pronounce gametogenesis (audio)
: the production of gametes
gə-ˌmē-tə-ˈje-nik How to pronounce gametogenesis (audio)
or gametogenous

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The experiment, published Thursday in Science, marks the first time that researchers have overcome a key hurdle in the hunt for achieving one of reproductive medicine’s wilder ideas: in vitro gametogenesis, or IVG. Megan Molteni, STAT, 18 July 2021 The process, in vitro gametogenesis, or I.V.G., so far has been used only in mice. Tamar Lewin, New York Times, 16 May 2017

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Word History


gameto- + genesis

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gametogenesis was in 1887

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“Gametogenesis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


ga·​me·​to·​gen·​e·​sis ˌgam-ə-tə-ˈjen-ə-səs How to pronounce gametogenesis (audio) gə-ˌmēt-ə- How to pronounce gametogenesis (audio)
plural gametogeneses -ˌsēz How to pronounce gametogenesis (audio)
: the production of gametes
gametogenous adjective
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