apomixis

[ ap-uh-mik-sis ]
/ ˌæp əˈmɪk sɪs /

noun, plural ap·o·mix·es [ap-uh-mik-seez] /ˌæp əˈmɪk siz/. Biology.

any of several types of asexual reproduction, as apogamy or parthenogenesis.

Origin of apomixis

1910–15; < New Latin < Greek apo- apo- + míxis a mixing, equivalent to mig(nýnai) to mix + -sis -sis

Related forms

ap·o·mic·tic [ap-uh-mik-tik] /ˌæp əˈmɪk tɪk/, ap·o·mic·ti·cal, adjectiveap·o·mic·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for apomixis

apomixis

/ (ˌæpəˈmɪksɪs) /

noun plural -mixes (-ˈmɪksiːz)

(esp in plants) any of several types of asexual reproduction, such as parthenogenesis and apogamy, in which fertilization does not take placeCompare amphimixis

Derived Forms

apomictic, adjective

Word Origin for apomixis

C20: New Latin, from Greek apo- + mixis a mixing
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Science definitions for apomixis

apomixis

[ ăp′ə-mĭksĭs ]

The development of an embryo without the occurrence of fertilization. Parthenogenesis is one form of apomixis. In plants, another form of apomixis also occurs, in which the embryo develops from the somatic cells of the ovule surrounding the embryo sac, not from the egg cell within the embryo sac itself. Such embryos are clones of the parent plant, and valuable cultivars of plants such as the fig are propagated using seeds produced through this kind of apomixis.
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