Definition of anisogamy in English:


Syllabification: an·i·sog·a·my
Pronunciation: /ˌanīˈsägəmē


  • Sexual reproduction by the fusion of dissimilar gametes. Often contrasted with isogamy.
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    • Meiosis produces 4 gametes, ie. isogamy, anisogamy and oogamy, which through mitosis develops into mature gametes.
    • Isogamy and anisogamy, and sometimes oogamy, may occur.
    • In many species with gametes of different sizes (anisogamy), sexual crosses typically produce progeny with mitochondrial DNA inherited from the larger gamete.



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  • These produce flagellated anisogamous gametes that are released into the water to find each other.
  • The gametes are isogamous or anisogamous and are produced from the plurilocular sporangia of gametophytes.
  • Chlamydomonas braunii is just like C. reinhardtii, except for the fact that it is anisogamous.


late 19th century: from Greek anisos 'unequal' + -gamy (from gamos 'marriage').

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