[ am-fuh-mik-sis ]
/ ˌæm fəˈmɪk sɪs /

noun, plural am·phi·mix·es [am-fuh-mik-seez] /ˌæm fəˈmɪk siz/.

Biology. the merging of the nuclei of the sperm and egg cells; sexual reproduction.
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


am·phi·mic·tic [am-fuh-mik-tik] /ˌæm fəˈmɪk tɪk/, adjectiveam·phi·mic·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for amphimixis

  • 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) /

noun plural -mixes (-ˈmɪksiːz)

true sexual reproduction by the fusion of gametes from two organismsCompare apomixis

Derived forms of amphimixis

amphimictic, adjective

Word Origin for amphimixis

C19: from amphi- + Greek mixis a blending, from mignunai to mingle
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Medicine definitions for amphimixis

[ ăm′fə-mĭksĭs ]


The union of the sperm and egg in sexual reproduction.
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