metagenesis

[ met-uh-jen-uh-sis ]
/ ˌmɛt əˈdʒɛn ə sɪs /

noun Biology.

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

OTHER WORDS FROM metagenesis

met·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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British Dictionary definitions for metagenesis

metagenesis
/ (ˌmɛtəˈdʒɛnɪsɪs) /

noun

Derived forms of metagenesis

metagenetic (ˌmɛtədʒɪˈnɛtɪk) or metagenic, adjectivemetagenetically, adverb
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Medical definitions for metagenesis

metagenesis
[ mĕt′ə-jĕnĭ-sĭs ]

n.

alternation of generations
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