Definition of Gamete

1. Noun. A mature sexual reproductive cell having a single set of unpaired chromosomes.


Definition of Gamete

1. n. 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 oöspore. In Zoöl., gamete is most commonly used of the sexual cells of certain Protozoa, though also extended to the germ cells of higher forms.

Definition of Gamete

1. Noun. (cytology) A reproductive cell (male (sperm) or female (egg)) that has only half the usual number of chromosomes. ¹

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Definition of Gamete

1. a mature reproductive cell [n -S] : GAMETAL, GAMETIC [adj]

Medical Definition of Gamete

1. Specialised haploid cells produced by meiosis and involved in sexual reproduction. Male gametes are usually small and motile (spermatozoa), whereas female gametes (oocytes) are larger and nonmotile. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Literary usage of Gamete

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1. The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"The nucleus of the male gamete is not called the male pro- nucleus, ... The number of chromosomes of the nucleus of the gamete is therefore reduced, ..."

2. Senescence and Rejuvenescence by Charles Manning Child (1915)
"CONDITIONS OF gamete FORMATION IN THE MULTICELLULAR ANIMALS Our knowledge concerning the physiological conditions which determine the formation of gametes ..."

3. Mendelism by Reginald Crundall Punnett (1911)
"transmission of something intrinsic from gamete to zygote and from zygote to gamete. It is the participation of the gamete in the process that is our ..."

4. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1901)
"The pigment is brownish yellow, lighter in the centre and spherical in shape. At the periphery of the gamete are a number of sharply stained bodies ..."

5. Practical Bacteriology, Blood Work and Animal Parasitology: Including by Edward Rhodes Stitt (1916)
"Prototype of malarial parasite. On the right a red blood-corpuscle with remains of nucleus. Sexual Forms or gametes. 47. An earlier quartan gamete ..."

6. Practical Bacteriology, Blood Work and Animal Parasitology: Including by Edward Rhodes Stitt (1916)
"Tropical fever, (^stivo-autumnal) gamete, half-moon (crescent) still lying in a ... gamete, tropical fever parasite. 55. gamete of tropical fever parasite ..."

7. The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"The nucleus of the male gamete is not called the male pro- nucleus, ... The number of chromosomes of the nucleus of the gamete is therefore reduced, ..."

8. Senescence and Rejuvenescence by Charles Manning Child (1915)
"CONDITIONS OF gamete FORMATION IN THE MULTICELLULAR ANIMALS Our knowledge concerning the physiological conditions which determine the formation of gametes ..."

9. Mendelism by Reginald Crundall Punnett (1911)
"transmission of something intrinsic from gamete to zygote and from zygote to gamete. It is the participation of the gamete in the process that is our ..."

10. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1901)
"The pigment is brownish yellow, lighter in the centre and spherical in shape. At the periphery of the gamete are a number of sharply stained bodies ..."

11. Practical Bacteriology, Blood Work and Animal Parasitology: Including by Edward Rhodes Stitt (1916)
"Prototype of malarial parasite. On the right a red blood-corpuscle with remains of nucleus. Sexual Forms or gametes. 47. An earlier quartan gamete ..."

12. Practical Bacteriology, Blood Work and Animal Parasitology: Including by Edward Rhodes Stitt (1916)
"Tropical fever, (^stivo-autumnal) gamete, half-moon (crescent) still lying in a ... gamete, tropical fever parasite. 55. gamete of tropical fever parasite ..."

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