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agamic

[uh-gam-ik]
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adjective
  1. Biology.
    1. asexual.
    2. occurring without sexual union; germinating without impregnation; not gamic.
  2. Botany, Mycology. cryptogamic.
Also ag·a·mous [ag-uh-muh s] /ˈæg ə məs/.

Origin of agamic

1840–50; < Greek ágam(os) unwed (a- a-6 + gámos marriage) + -ic
Related formsa·gam·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for agamic

Historical Examples

  • Pseudovary: the organ or mass of germ cells of an agamic insect.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

  • These summer forms are known as the stem mothers or agamic females.

  • Finally, they may become infested with cystic tapeworms or the agamic stage of a strongyle (Strongylus edentatus).

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • Budding: applied to that form of agamic reproduction found in plant lice.

  • Stem-mother: in plant lice; that form hatching from the winter egg, which starts a series of agamic summer generations.


British Dictionary definitions for agamic

agamic

adjective
  1. asexual; occurring or reproducing without fertilization
Derived Formsagamically, adverb

Word Origin

C19: from Greek agamos unmarried, from a- 1 + gamos marriage
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agamic in Medicine

agamic

(ā-gămĭk)
adj.
  1. Occurring or reproducing without the union of male and female cells; asexual or parthenogenetic.
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