Definition of microgamete in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmīkrōˈɡamˌēt/ Pronunciation: /-ɡəˈmēt/


(Especially in protozoans) the smaller of a pair of conjugating gametes, usually regarded as male.
Example sentences
  • The sexual phase of the Plasmodium life cycle is completed with the fertilization of a macrogamete by a flagellar microgamete, and the subsequent generation of sporozoites.
  • Each of these processes becomes a male gamete termed a microgamete which is equivalent to a mammalian spermatozoon.
  • Fertilisation occurs when the microgamete fuses with the macrogamete to form first a zygote, then a motile ookinete.

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Syllabification: mi·cro·gam·ete

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