heterogamete

noun

het·​ero·​ga·​mete ˌhe-tə-rō-ˈga-ˌmēt How to pronounce heterogamete (audio)
also
-gə-ˈmēt How to pronounce heterogamete (audio)
: either of a pair of dissimilar and usually oogamous gametes

Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of heterogamete was in 1897

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“Heterogamete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heterogamete. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

heterogamete

noun
het·​ero·​ga·​mete ˌhet-ə-rō-gə-ˈmēt How to pronounce heterogamete (audio) -ˈgam-ˌēt How to pronounce heterogamete (audio)
: either of a pair of gametes that differ in form, size, or behavior and occur typically as large nonmotile female gametes and small motile sperms
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