gametically

gamete

[gam-eet, guh-meet]
noun Biology.
a mature sexual reproductive cell, as a sperm or egg, that unites with another cell to form a new organism.

Origin:
1885–90; < Neo-Latin gameta < Greek gamet- (stem of gametḗ wife, gamétēs husband), derivative of gameîn to marry

gametic [guh-met-ik] , gametal [guh-meet-l] , adjective
gametically, adverb
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gamete (ˈɡæmiːt, ɡəˈmiːt)
 
n
a haploid germ cell, such as a spermatozoon or ovum, that fuses with another germ cell during fertilization
 
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek gametē wife, from gamos marriage]
 
ga'metal
 
adj
 
gametic
 
adj

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gamete
"sexual protoplasmic body," 1886, name introduced in Mod.L. by Austrian biologist Gregor Mendel (1822-1884), from Gk. gamete "a wife," gametes "a husband," from gamein "to take to wife, to marry," from PIE base *gem(e)- "to marry" (cf. Gk. gambros "son-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law;" Skt. jamih
"brother, sister," jama daughter-in-law;" Avestan zama-tar "son-in-law;" L. gener "son-in-law"). This also is the source of the suffix in monogamy, etc. The seventh month of the ancient Attic calendar (corresponding to late January and early February) was Gamelion, "Month of Marriages."
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gamete gam·ete (gām'ēt', gə-mēt')
n.
A reproductive cell having the haploid number of chromosomes, especially a sperm or egg capable of fusing with a gamete of the opposite sex to produce a fertilized egg.

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gamete   (gām'ēt')  Pronunciation Key 
A cell whose nucleus unites with that of another cell to form a new organism. A gamete contains only a single (haploid) set of chromosomes. Animal egg and sperm cells, the nuclei carried in grains of pollen, and egg cells in plant ovules are all gametes. Also called germ cell, reproductive cell, sex cell. See Note at mitosis.
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A reproductive cell having a single set of chromosomes, especially a mature sperm or egg.

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