[ het-uh-rog-uh-nee ]
/ ˌhɛt əˈrɒg ə ni /

noun Biology.

the alternation of dioecious and hermaphroditic individuals in successive generations, as in certain nematodes.
the alternation of parthenogenetic and sexual generations.

Origin of heterogony

First recorded in 1865–70; hetero- + -gony
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British Dictionary definitions for heterogony


/ (ˌhɛtəˈrɒɡənɪ) /


biology the alternation of parthenogenetic and sexual generations in rotifers and similar animals
the condition in plants, such as the primrose, of having flowers that differ from each other in the length of their stamens and stylesCompare homogony

Derived Forms

heterogonous, adjectiveheterogonously, adverb
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