heterogamous state.

1870–75; hetero- + -gamy

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heterogamy (ˌhɛtəˈrɒɡəmɪ)
1.  Compare isogamy a type of sexual reproduction in which the gametes differ in both size and form
2.  a condition in which different types of reproduction occur in successive generations of an organism
3.  Compare homogamy the presence of both male and female flowers in one inflorescence

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heterogamy het·er·og·a·my (hět'ə-rŏg'ə-mē)
The state or condition in which conjugating gametes are dissimilar in structure and size as well as in function.

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heterogamy   (hět'ə-rŏg'ə-mē)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Alternation of sexual and parthenogenetic generations, as in the life cycles of some aphids.

  2. A reproductive system that is characterized by the fusion of gametes (called heterogametes) that are dissimilar in size and structure, such as the egg and sperm of animals.

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