macrogamete


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macrogamete

 [mak″ro-gam´ēt]
1. the larger, less active female gamete in sexual reproduction, which is fertilized by the smaller male gamete (microgamete).
2. the larger of two types of malarial parasites; see gamete (def. 2).

mac·ro·ga·mete

(mak'rō-gam'ēt),
The female element in anisogamy; it is the larger of the two sex cells, with more reserve material, and usually nonmotile.
Synonym(s): megagamete
[macro- + G. gametē, wife]

macrogamete

/mac·ro·gam·ete/ (-gam´ēt)
1. the larger, less active female anisogamete.
2. the larger of two types of malarial parasites; see gamete (2).

macrogamete

(măk′rō-găm′ēt, -gə-mēt′)
n.
The larger of two conjugating gametes in an anisogamous organism. Also called megagamete.

macrogamete

[-gam′ēt]
Etymology: Gk, makros + gamete, spouse
a large nonmotile female gamete of certain thallophytes and sporozoa, specifically the malarial parasite Plasmodium. It corresponds to the ovum of the higher animals and is fertilized by the smaller, motile male gamete. Compare microgamete.

macrogamete

The large female gamete of Plasmodium species, which conjugates with the smaller male microgamete to form a zygote that develops into an oocyst, the human arm of the Plasmodium life cycle. The asexual phase occurs in the mosquito.

mac·ro·ga·mete

(mak'rō-gam'ēt)
The female element in anisogamy; it is the larger of the two sex cells, with more reserve material, and usually nonmotile.
[macro- + G. gametē, wife]

macrogamete

1. The mammalian ovum, which is much larger than the male sex cell, the microgamete or spermatozoon.
2. The female sex cell of the malarial parasite and other PROTOZOA.

macrogamete

the female gamete, so designated because of its larger size. See ISOGAMY, ANISOGAMY.

macrogamete

the larger, less active female gamete in anisogamy, which is fertilized by the smaller male gamete (microgamete).