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antherozoid

Line breaks: an¦thero|zoid
Pronunciation: /ˌanθ(ə)rə(ʊ)ˈzəʊɪd
 
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Definition of antherozoid in English:

noun

Botany
Another term for spermatozoid.
Example sentences
  • When the egg has matured, these canal cells disintegrate to mucus, making way for the antherozoids.
  • The egg cells and antherozoids are collectively known as gametes, and the generation of the moss plant that bears them is known as a gametophyte.
  • On their release from the antheridia, the antherozoids must then swim through surface water to fertilize neighbouring egg cells.

Origin

mid 19th century: from anther + zooid.

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