heterogametic

adjective het·ero·ga·met·ic \ ˌhe-tə-rō-gə-ˈme-tik \

Definition of heterogametic

:forming two kinds of gametes of which one produces male offspring and the other female offspring
  • the human male is heterogametic

heterogamety

play \ˌhe-tə-rō-ˈga-mə-tē\ noun

First Known Use of heterogametic

1910


Medical Dictionary

heterogametic

adjective het·ero·ga·met·ic \ -gə-ˈmet-ik , -ˈmēt- \

medical Definition of heterogametic

:forming two kinds of gametes of which one determines offspring of one sex and the other determines offspring of the opposite sex
  • the human male is heterogametic

heterogamety

play \-ˈgam-ət-ē\ noun plural heterogameties

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