Meaning of gametophyte in English:


Pronunciation /ɡəˈmiːtə(ʊ)fʌɪt/


  • (in the life cycle of plants with alternating generations) the gamete-producing and usually haploid phase, producing the zygote from which the sporophyte arises. It is the dominant form in bryophytes.

    ‘Unlike vascular plants, the haploid gametophyte generation is dominant in mosses.’
    • ‘Many algae are characterized by an alternation of haploid gametophyte and diploid sporophyte generations.’
    • ‘The plant life cycle alternates between a diploid sporophyte and a haploid gametophyte generation.’
    • ‘The alternation between haploid gametophyte and diploid sporophyte phases, known as alternation of generations, occurs in all multi-cellular plants.’
    • ‘Bryophytes are characterized by their dominant gametophytic plant body and their sporophytes epiphytic to gametophytes.’