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A gamete[1] is a specialized sex cell that fuses with another gamete during fertilization (conception) in organisms that reproduce sexually. Gametes are produced by germ cells.

The name gamete was introduced by the Austrian biologist Gregor Mendel. It is different for each species but the general stages are similar. They both involve:


  1. (from Ancient Greek γαμετης; translated gamete = wife, gametes = husband)