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 (mī′krō-găm′ēt′, -gə-mēt′)
The smaller of two conjugating gametes in an anisogamous organism.


(Biology) the smaller and apparently male of two gametes in conjugating protozoans. Compare macrogamete


(ˌmaɪ kroʊˈgæm it, -gəˈmit)

the smaller cell, considered as the male, in the reproduction by conjugation of unlike gametes.
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Several stages were detected: trophozoites, sporocysts, and gamonts containing macrogametes or microgametes. Given the presence of multiple stages at the same time, the entire life cycle of the parasite is assumed to occur within the same host and tissue.
Upon fertilization of the macrogamonts by the microgametes, oocysts develop and sporulate in the infected host.
In the mature macrogamont, the nucleus develops funnel-formed extensions into the cell wall (wall-forming bodies II), through which microgametes can penetrate.
Several merozoites, schizonts and microgametes were found in epithelial cells.
Extracellular macrogametes and microgametes may be seen after erythrocytic lysis.
Microgamonts or free microgametes were not identified with certainty in the cell culture.