[ aw-tog-uh-mee ]
/ ɔˈtɒg ə mi /


Botany. pollination of the ovules of a flower by its own pollen; self-fertilization (opposed to allogamy).
Biology. conjugation in an individual organism by division of its nucleus into two parts that in turn reunite to form a zygote.

Origin of autogamy

First recorded in 1875–80; auto-1 + -gamy


au·tog·a·mous, au·to·gam·ic [aw-toh-gam-ik] /ˌɔ toʊˈgæm ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for autogamous

/ (ɔːˈtɒɡəmɪ) /


self-fertilization in flowering plants
a type of sexual reproduction, occurring in some protozoans, in which the uniting gametes are derived from the same cell

Derived forms of autogamy

autogamous or autogamic (ˌɔːtəˈɡæmɪk), adjective
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Medicine definitions for autogamous

[ ô-tŏgə-mē ]


Self-fertilization in which fission of the cell nucleus occurs without complete cellular division, forming two pronuclei that reunite to form the synkaryon.

Other words from autogamy

au•toga•mous adj.
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Science definitions for autogamous

[ ô-tŏgə-mē ]

See self-fertilization.
The union of nuclei within and arising from a single cell, as in certain protozoans and fungi.
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