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autogamy

[ aw-tog-uh-mee ]
/ ɔˈtɒg ə mi /
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noun
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.
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Origin of autogamy

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

OTHER WORDS FROM autogamy

au·tog·a·mous, au·to·gam·ic [aw-toh-gam-ik], /ˌɔ toʊˈgæm ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for autogamy

autogamy
/ (ɔːˈtɒɡəmɪ) /

noun
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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Scientific definitions for autogamy

autogamy
[ 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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