[ am-fuh-mik-sis ]

noun,plural am·phi·mix·es [am-fuh-mik-seez]. /ˌæm fəˈmɪk siz/.
  1. Biology. the merging of the nuclei of the sperm and egg cells; sexual reproduction.

  2. Psychoanalysis. the combining of anal and genital eroticism in the development of sexuality.

Origin of amphimixis

1890–95; amphi- + Greek míxis a mingling, equivalent to mig- (stem of mígnynai to mix) + -sis-sis

Other words from amphimixis

  • am·phi·mic·tic [am-fuh-mik-tik], /ˌæm fəˈmɪk tɪk/, adjective
  • am·phi·mic·ti·cal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby amphimixis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use amphimixis in a sentence

  • When a fresh nucleus has been thus formed (by amphimixis) in each of the copulating cells, they again separate.

    The Wonders of Life | Ernst Haeckel
  • amphimixis, as we have seen, is one of the most potent forces against which the evolution of a new species has to contend.

    Parallel Paths | Thomas William Rolleston
  • amphimixis: the mingling of the germ plasm of two individuals.

British Dictionary definitions for amphimixis


/ (ˌæmfɪˈmɪksɪs) /

nounplural -mixes (-ˈmɪksiːz)
  1. true sexual reproduction by the fusion of gametes from two organisms: Compare apomixis

Origin of amphimixis

C19: from amphi- + Greek mixis a blending, from mignunai to mingle

Derived forms of amphimixis

  • amphimictic, adjective

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