ga·​me·​to·​phyte | \ gə-ˈmē-tə-ˌfīt How to pronounce gametophyte (audio) \

Definition of gametophyte

: the haploid multicellular individual or generation of a plant or alga with alternation of generations that begins with a haploid spore, produces gametes by mitotic division, and ends with fertilization producing a diploid zygote and that constitutes the visibly dominant form in mosses and algae, exists as an independent plant body in ferns and their relatives, and is reduced to a microscopic or rudimentary state in seed plants — compare sporophyte

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gametophytic \ gə-​ˌmē-​tə-​ˈfi-​tik How to pronounce gametophytic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of gametophyte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nowellia curvifolia (leafy liverwort) gametophyte, berberine stained. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "Nikon Small World 2014," 21 Oct. 2014

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First Known Use of gametophyte

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gametophyte

gameto- + -phyte (after sporophyte)

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The first known use of gametophyte was circa 1889

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“Gametophyte.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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ga·​me·​to·​phyte | \ gə-ˈmēt-ə-ˌfīt How to pronounce gametophyte (audio) \

Medical Definition of gametophyte

: the individual or generation of a plant exhibiting alternation of generations that bears sex organs — compare sporophyte

Other Words from gametophyte

gametophytic \ -​ˌmēt-​ə-​ˈfit-​ik How to pronounce gametophytic (audio) \ adjective

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