heterogametic

heterogametic

[het-uh-roh-guh-met-ik]
adjective Genetics.
(of a species or individual organism) having two unlike gametes.
Compare homogametic.


Origin:
1905–10; hetero- + gametic

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heterogametic (ˌhɛtərəʊɡəˈmɛtɪk)
 
adj
genetics Compare homogametic denoting the sex that possesses dissimilar sex chromosomes. In humans and many other mammals it is the male sex, possessing one X-chromosome and one Y-chromosome

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heterogametic het·er·o·ga·met·ic (hět'ə-rō-gə-mět'ĭk)
adj.
Producing dissimilar gametes, such as those of human males, who produce two types of spermatozoa, one bearing the X-chromosome and the other bearing the Y-chromosome.

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