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fissiparous

[ fi-sip-er-uhs ]

adjective

  1. reproducing by fission.


fissiparous

/ fɪˈsɪpərəs /

adjective

  1. biology reproducing by fission
  2. having a tendency to divide into groups or factions


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Derived Forms

  • fisˈsiparousness, noun
  • fisˈsiparously, adverb

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Other Words From

  • fis·sipa·rous·ly adverb
  • fis·sipa·rous·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of fissiparous1

First recorded in 1825–35; fissi- + -parous

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Example Sentences

The fissiparous tendency so perceptible in politics is not visible in cities.

Passing to the invertebrate animals, we meet with two other modes of reproduction, the gemmiparous and fissiparous.

Fissiparous: applied to that form of asexual generation in which the parent divides; each part becoming a new individual.

Fissiparous, fis-sip′a-rus, adj. propagated by spontaneous fission or self-division.

Therefore, in all cases of fissiparous division, the seat or origin of the process is the nucleus.

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