amplexus

[ am-plek-suh s ]
/ æmˈplɛk səs /
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noun, plural am·plex·us·es, am·plex·us.

the clasping posture of fertilization in frogs and toads.

Nearby words

  1. amphotropic virus,
  2. ampicillin,
  3. ample,
  4. amplexicaul,
  5. amplexifoliate,
  6. ampliate,
  7. ampliation,
  8. amplidyne,
  9. amplification,
  10. amplificatory

Origin of amplexus

1925–30; < New Latin, Latin: embrace, equivalent to amplect(ī) to embrace (am-, variant of ambi- ambi- + plectī, deponent of plectere to plait, twine; cf. complex, plexus) + -tus suffix of v. action

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