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reproduction

[ ree-pruh-duhk-shuhn ]
/ ˌri prəˈdʌk ʃən /
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noun

the act or process of reproducing.
the state of beingreproduced.
something made by reproducing an original; copy; duplicate: a photographic reproduction; a reproduction of a Roman vase.
Biology. the natural process among organisms by which new individuals are generated and the species perpetuated.

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Origin of reproduction

First recorded in 1650–60; re- + production
non·re·pro·duc·tion, nounself-re·pro·duc·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for reproduction

reproduction
/ (ˌriːprəˈdʌkʃən) /

noun

biology any of various processes, either sexual or asexual, by which an animal or plant produces one or more individuals similar to itself
  1. an imitation or facsimile of a work of art, esp of a picture made by photoengraving
  2. (as modifier)a reproduction portrait Sometimes shortened to: repro
the quality of sound from an audio systemthis amplifier gives excellent reproduction
the act or process of reproducing
the state of being reproduced
a revival of an earlier production, as of a play
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Medical definitions for reproduction

reproduction
[ rē′prə-dŭkshən ]

n.

The act of reproducing or the condition or process of being reproduced.
Recall of a memory.
The sexual or asexual process by which organisms generate others of the same kind.
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Scientific definitions for reproduction

reproduction
[ rē′prə-dŭkshən ]

The process by which cells and organisms produce other cells and organisms of the same kind.♦ The reproduction of organisms by the union of male and female reproductive cells (gametes) is called sexual reproduction. Many unicellular and most multicellular organisms reproduce sexually.♦ Reproduction in which offspring are produced by a single parent, without the union of reproductive cells, is called asexual reproduction. The fission (splitting) of bacterial cells and the cells of multicellular organisms by mitosis is a form of asexual reproduction, as is the budding of yeast cells and the generation of clones by runners in plants. Many plants and fungi are capable of reproducing both sexually and asexually, as are some animals, such as sponges and aphids.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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