Definition of antherozoid in English:

antherozoid

noun

Botany
  • another term for spermatozoid
    • ‘At maturity, the antheridium bursts releasing the sperm cells or antherozoids.’
    • ‘Numerous antherozoids are produced in the antheridia and they swim through the covering film of water to reach the archegonia, each of which contains a single egg cell.’
    • ‘When the egg has matured, these canal cells disintegrate to mucus, making way for the antherozoids.’
    • ‘The egg cells and antherozoids are collectively known as gametes, and the generation of the moss plant that bears them is known as a gametophyte.’
    • ‘On their release from the antheridia, the antherozoids must then swim through surface water to fertilize neighbouring egg cells.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from anther + zooid.

Pronunciation:

antherozoid

/ˌanθ(ə)rə(ʊ)ˈzəʊɪd/