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gamete


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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;  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gamete 
  n  :  a  mature  sexual  reproductive  cell  having  a  single  set  of 
  unpaired  chromosomes 




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