gam·ete (gămēt′, gə-mēt)
A reproductive cell having the haploid number of chromosomes, especially a mature sperm or egg capable of fusing with a gamete of the opposite sex to produce a zygote.
[New Latin gameta, from Greek gametē, wife and gametēs, husband, from gamein, to marry, from gamos, marriage; see gemə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
ga·metic (-mĕtĭk) adj.
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