Meaning of “gamete” in the English Dictionary


"gamete" in English

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gametenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɡæm.iːt/ us /ˈɡæm.iːt/ specialized

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  • A cell divides into two—which are the final gametes. 
  • It is now quite commonly believed that this predisposition arises from the quantity rather than the quality or kind of factors in the chemical impetus in the nuclei of the conjugating gametes. 
  • Pollen of an allied species which does not fuse with the female cell to make a gamete may, nevertheless, excite a female cell into division and the development of a tree. 

(Definition of “gamete” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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gametenoun [ C ]

/ɡəˈmit, ˈɡæm·it/

biology a male or female cell that can unite with a cell of the opposite sex for the purpose of reproducing

(Definition of “gamete” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)