reproductive

[ ree-pruh-duhk-tiv ]
/ ˌri prəˈdʌk tɪv /

adjective

serving to reproduce.
concerned with or pertaining to reproduction: a reproductive process; reproductive organs.

noun

Entomology. a sexually mature male or female termite; a member of the reproductive caste.

Nearby words

  1. reproduceable,
  2. reproducer,
  3. reproductible,
  4. reproduction,
  5. reproduction proof,
  6. reproductive cell,
  7. reproductive cloning,
  8. reproductive cycle,
  9. reproductive imagination,
  10. reproductive isolation

Origin of reproductive

First recorded in 1745–55; re- + productive

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for non-reproductive

reproductive

/ (ˌriːprəˈdʌktɪv) /

adjective

of, relating to, characteristic of, or taking part in reproduction
Derived Formsreproductively, adverbreproductiveness, noun

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Word Origin and History for non-reproductive

reproductive

adj.

1753; see reproduce + -ive. In U.S., reproductive rights attested from 1970.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for non-reproductive

reproductive

[ rē′prə-dŭktĭv ]

adj.

Of or relating to reproduction.
Tending to reproduce.

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