Gametophyte meaning

gə-mē'tə-fīt'
The haploid gamete-producing phase in a plant characterized by alternation of generations.
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In plants, the gamete-bearing generation that is haploid and reproduces by eggs and sperms.
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Among organisms which display an alternation of generations as part of their life cycle (such as plants and certain algae), the haploid organism that produces gametes. Each of its cells has only one, unpaired set of chromosomes, as opposed to the corresponding diploid form of the organism, called the sporophyte. A gametophyte develops from spores produced by the sporophyte. The gametophytes of homosporous plants are bisexual (produce both eggs and sperm), while the gametophytes of heterosporous plants, such as all seeds plants, are unisexual (produce only eggs or only sperm).
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(botany) A plant (the haploid phase in its life cycle) which produces gametes by mitosis in order to produce a zygote.
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Origin of gametophyte

From gamete +‎ -phyte