[pol-ee-em-bree-uh-nee, -oh-nee, -em-brahy-uh-nee]
- the production of more than one embryo from one egg.
Origin of polyembryony
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Polyembryony is generally associated with the development of cells other than the egg-cell.
Polyembryony: the production of several embryos from a single egg, as in some Chalcids.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
- the production of more than one embryo from a single fertilized egg cell: occurs in certain plants and parasitic hymenopterous insects
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- Development of more than one embryo from a single egg or ovule.
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- Development from a single fertilized egg cell or, in plants, from a single ovule. In human beings, identical twins are the result of polyembryony. In gymnosperm plants, polyembryony involves the fertilization of more than one egg, though usually only one embryo survives in the ovule.
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