• WordNet 3.6
    • n gamete a mature sexual reproductive cell having a single set of unpaired chromosomes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gamete găm"ēt; gȧ*mēt"; the latter usually in compounds (Biol) A sexual cell or germ cell having a single set of unpaired chromosomes; 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, spermmale) and eggfemale); 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gamete In biology, a propagative protoplasmic body which unites with a similar or dissimilar body to form a spore, called a zygote, the latter being either a zygospore or an oöspore. Mobile gametes resembling zoöspores are called planogametes or zoögametes.
    • n gamete A general term for the mature germ-cells, either male (spermatozoön) or female (ovum), which unite to form the zygote.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Gamete (gam-ēt′) a sexual protoplasmic body
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. gameth` wife, or game`ths husband, fr. gamei^n to marry
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. gamos, marriage.


In literature:

GAMETE (mate), a mature germ-cell; in animals an ovum or spermatozooen.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
And as it takes two gametes to form a zygote, we are in the position of attempting to decide the properties of two unknowns from one known.
"Mendelism" by Reginald Crundall Punnett
IX, X, show the formation of the zygote by fusion of the nuclei of the gametes.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
Gametogeny is the name applied to the formation of the gametes, i.e.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 3" by Various
The gametes show every gradation from complete similarity (isogamy) to a condition like that of Cutleria.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
C, Later stage, resolving itself into two flagellate gametes.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 6" by Various
But any individual sex-cell, or gamete, cannot (according to his view) bear both Dominant and Recessive traits.
"Feminism and Sex-Extinction" by Arabella Kenealy
These uninuclear protuberances are at length cut off as the sporoblasts or gametes.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 5" by Various
XI., A male gamete penetrating a female gamete at a cone of reception formed near the nucleus.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 7" by Various
But since both males and females have these four kinds of gametes, when they are mated there will be sixteen possible combinations.
"Being Well-Born" by Michael F. Guyer

In news:

Pollen contains male sex cells in search of a female gamete to fertilize.
A National Zoo researcher works to perfect gamete preservation and in vitro fertilization techniques in order to better manage endangered populations.
The brief comes as the National Gamete Donation Trust – a gamete being a term for a sperm or egg – and a voluntary contact register for donor -conceived people and their donors are brought together under one service.
It's no shell game—T+L marks the spots for the best unburied treasure in the U.S.
Scientists say they've mapped the entire genomes of 91 sperm from one man, the first time such gene mapping has been done in a human gamete ( sperm or egg cell).

In science:

The selection of one of these complete the formation of the haploid gamete coming from the mother.
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations
For mating, a male is randomly selected in the population and undergoes the same meiotic cycle, generating a second haploid gamete out of his genome.
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations
The two gametes, one from each parent, are now combined to form the genome of the offspring.
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations
Recombination occurs not only during gamete formation in sexually reproducing multicellular organisms but in unicellular organisms such as bacteria and fungi as well .
Nonlinear deterministic equations in biological evolution
For sexual, diploid organisms, M is the number of gametes, which is twice the population size.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics