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gametangium Syllabification: gam·e·tan·gi·um
Pronunciation: /ˌɡaməˈtanjēəm/

Definition of gametangium in English:

noun (plural gametangia-jēə)

A specialized organ or cell in which gametes are formed in algae, ferns, and some other plants.
Example sentences
  • Both gametangia form from a stereotyped series of divisions of a terminal apical cell, unlike the gametangia of liverworts and hornworts.
  • The sproangia produces mitospores which through mitosis develops into gametangia, or sex organs.
  • Over four months in culture, the Church Farm worm castings eventually produced populations of four species of Vaucheria (Fig. lb) that we could identify from their gametangia: V. prona, reproductive after 17 d in culture (Fig. 1c); V. frigida, 23 d; V. undulata, 44 d; and V. aversa, 91 d (Table 1).


Late 19th century: from modern Latin gameta (see gamete) + Greek angeion 'vessel' + -ium.

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