Gamete Gam"ete (g[a^]m"[=e]t; g[.a]*m[=e]t"; the latter usually in compounds), n. [Gr. gameth` wife, or game`ths husband, fr. gamei^n to marry.] (Biol.) A sexual cell or germ cell having a single set of unpaired chromosomes; a conjugating cell which unites with another of like or unlike character to form a new individual. In Bot., gamete designates esp. the similar sex cells of the lower thallophytes which unite by conjugation, forming a zygospore. The gametes of higher plants are of two sorts, {sperm} (male) and {egg} (female); their union is called fertilization, and the resulting zygote an o["o]spore. In Zo["o]l., gamete is most commonly used of the sexual cells of certain Protozoa, though also extended to the germ cells of higher forms. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • Gamete — Gamète Un gamète (en grec : γαμέτες) est une cellule reproductrice de type haploïde qui a terminé la méiose et la différenciation cytoplasmique. Les gamètes sont des cellules dont l unique fonction est d assurer la reproduction. Ce sont des… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • gamete — [gam′ēt, gə mēt′] n. [ModL gameta < Gr gametē, a wife < gamein, to marry < gamos: see GAMO ] a reproductive cell that is haploid and can unite with another gamete to form the cell (zygote) that develops into a new individual gametic [gə… …   English World dictionary

  • gamete — (n.) sexual protoplasmic body, 1880, coined 1878 by German cytologist Eduard Strasburger (1844 1912), the widespread attribution to Mendel being apparently erroneous; from Gk. gamete a wife, gametes a husband, from gamein to take to wife, to… …   Etymology dictionary

  • gamete — gamete. См. гамета. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • gamete — ► NOUN Biology ▪ a mature haploid male or female germ cell which is able to unite with another of the opposite sex in sexual reproduction to form a zygote. DERIVATIVES gametic adjective. ORIGIN Greek gamet wife , gamet s husband , from gamos… …   English terms dictionary

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  • Gamete — A gamete (from Ancient Greek γαμέτης gametes husband / γαμετή gamete wife ) is a cell that fuses with another cell during fertilization (conception) in organisms that reproduce sexually. In species that produce two morphologically distinct types… …   Wikipedia

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  • gamete — noun Etymology: New Latin gameta, from Greek gametēs husband, from gamein to marry Date: 1886 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… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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