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syngamy

Syllabification: syn·ga·my
Pronunciation: /ˈsiNGɡəmē
 
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Definition of syngamy in English:

noun

Biology
The fusion of two cells, or of their nuclei, in reproduction.
Example sentences
  • We describe the maternal and paternal contributions to the diploid cell by reminding the students of the origin of a diploid cell and the process of syngamy that follows fertilization.
  • Within a sexual population, however, the segregation of alleles would break down the genetic association, and the less fit homozygotes would be formed by syngamy each generation.
  • Bryophytes reproduce through syngamy and meiosis, but the dominant stage of the plant is the gametophyte, as opposed to the sporophyte in vascular plants.

Origin

early 20th century: from syn- 'with' + Greek gamos 'marriage'.

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