the production of more than one embryo from one egg.
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How to use polyembryony in a sentence
polyembryony: the production of several embryos from a single egg, as in some Chalcids.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology | John. B. Smith
polyembryony is generally associated with the development of cells other than the egg-cell.
British Dictionary definitions for polyembryony
the production of more than one embryo from a single fertilized egg cell: occurs in certain plants and parasitic hymenopterous insects
- polyembryonic (ˌpɒlɪˌɛmbrɪˈɒnɪk), adjective
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Scientific definitions for polyembryony
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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