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metagenesis

[met-uh-jen-uh-sis]
noun Biology.
  1. reproduction characterized by the alternation of a sexual generation and a generation that reproduces asexually; alternation of generations.
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Origin of metagenesis

First recorded in 1885–90; meta- + genesis
Related formsmet·a·ge·net·ic [met-uh-juh-net-ik] /ˌmɛt ə dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/, met·a·gen·ic, adjectivemet·a·ge·net·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples of metagenesis

  • There are some species which, having no hydroid or strobila state, mature without alternation of generation (metagenesis).

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • A third way in which metagenesis might originate is through polymorphosis.

  • The term Nurse (German Amme), employed for the asexual generations in metagenesis, may advantageously be dropped altogether.


British Dictionary definitions for metagenesis

metagenesis

noun
  1. another name for alternation of generations
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Derived Formsmetagenetic (ˌmɛtədʒɪˈnɛtɪk) or metagenic, adjectivemetagenetically, adverb
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metagenesis in Medicine

metagenesis

(mĕt′ə-jĕnĭ-sĭs)
n.
  1. alternation of generations
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