parthenogenesis

[par-thuh-noh-jen-uh-sis]
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noun Biology.

development of an egg without fertilization.

Nearby words

  1. parterre,
  2. parthenia,
  3. parthenic,
  4. partheno-,
  5. parthenocarpy,
  6. parthenogenone,
  7. parthenon,
  8. parthenopaeus,
  9. parthenope,
  10. parthenos

Origin of parthenogenesis

First recorded in 1840–50; partheno- + genesis

Related formspar·the·no·ge·net·ic [pahr-thuh-noh-juh-net-ik] /ˌpɑr θə noʊ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/, adjectivepar·the·no·ge·net·i·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for parthenogenesis

parthenogenesis

noun

a type of reproduction, occurring in some insects and flowers, in which the unfertilized ovum develops directly into a new individual
human conception without fertilization by a male; virgin birth
Derived Formsparthenogenetic (ˌpɑːθɪˌnəʊdʒɪˈnɛtɪk), adjectiveparthenogenetically, adverb

Word Origin for parthenogenesis

C19: from Greek parthenos virgin + genesis birth

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Word Origin and History for parthenogenesis

parthenogenesis

n.

"reproduction without fertilization," 1849, from Greek parthenos "virgin," of unknown origin, + genesis (see genesis). Related: Parthenogenetic.

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Medicine definitions for parthenogenesis

parthenogenesis

[pär′thə-nō-jĕnĭ-sĭs]

n.

A form of reproduction in which an unfertilized egg develops into a new individual, occurring commonly among insects and certain other arthropods.
Related formspar′the•no•ge•netic (-jə-nĕtĭk) adj.


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Science definitions for parthenogenesis

parthenogenesis

[pär′thə-nō-jĕnĭ-sĭs]

Reproduction in which an egg develops into a new individual without being fertilized. Aphids and certain other insects can reproduce by parthenogenesis. Parthenogenesis does not necessarily produce clones of the parent. Among hymenopterans such as honeybees and ants, the haploid males develop from unfertilized eggs laid by the queen, who is diploid. Parthenogenesis is a form of apomixis.
Related formsparthenogenetic adjective (pär′thə-nō-jə-nĕtĭk)

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