[ par-thuh-noh-jen-uh-sis ]
/ ˌpær θə noʊˈdʒɛn ə sɪs /
development of an egg without fertilization.
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OTHER WORDS FROM parthenogenesispar·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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Example sentences from the Web for parthenogenetically
The Coccidae can, and mainly do, breed asexually (parthenogenetically).
British Dictionary definitions for parthenogenetically
/ (ˌpɑːθɪnəʊˈdʒɛnɪsɪs) /
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 forms of parthenogenesisparthenogenetic (ˌpɑːθɪˌnəʊdʒɪˈnɛtɪk), adjectiveparthenogenetically, adverb
Word Origin for parthenogenesis
C19: from Greek parthenos virgin + genesis birth
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Medical definitions for parthenogenetically
[ pär′thə-nō-jĕn′ĭ-sĭs ]
A form of reproduction in which an unfertilized egg develops into a new individual, occurring commonly among insects and certain other arthropods.
Other words from parthenogenesispar′the•no•ge•net′ic (-jə-nĕt′ĭk) adj.
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Scientific definitions for parthenogenetically
[ pär′thə-nō-jĕn′ĭ-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.
Other words from parthenogenesisparthenogenetic adjective (pär′thə-nō-jə-nĕt′ĭk)
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