agamospermy

[ ag-uh-moh-spur-mee, ey-gam-uh- ]
/ ˈæg ə moʊˌspɜr mi, eɪˈgæm ə- /

noun Biology.

any form of reproduction, as parthenogenesis, apogamy, and apospory, that involves the sex cell but takes place without fertilization or meiosis.

Nearby words

  1. agamid,
  2. agammaglobulinemia,
  3. agamogenesis,
  4. agamogony,
  5. agamont,
  6. agamous,
  7. agamy,
  8. aganglionic,
  9. aganglionosis,
  10. agapanthus

Origin of agamospermy

1940–45; < Greek ágam(os) (see agamic) + -o- + -sperm + -y3

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British Dictionary definitions for agamospermy

agamospermy

/ (ˈæɡəməʊˌspɜːmɪ) /

noun

botany formation of seeds in the absence of fertilization; a form of apomixis

Word Origin for agamospermy

C19: agamic + Greek sperma seed

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