Origin of parthenogenesisModern Latin from Classical Greek parthenos, maiden, virgin + genesis, origin: see genesis
- A form of reproduction in which an unfertilized egg develops into a new individual, occurring commonly among insects and certain other arthropods.
- The artificial activation of an unfertilized usually mammalian egg, resulting in an embryolike cell cluster from which stem cells can be harvested.
Origin of parthenogenesisNew LatinGreek parthenos virgin genesis
- par′the·no·ge·net′ic par′the·no·gen′ic
(usually uncountable, plural parthenogeneses)
- (biology) Referring to various aspects of asexual reproduction:
- (biology, uncountable) Reproduction by the development of a single gamete (viz. an ovum or ovule) without fertilisation by a gamete of the opposite sex; compare metagenesis, heterogamy.
- (biology, uncountable, formerly) Asexual reproduction in toto; agamogenesis.
- (biology, countable, rare) An instance or example of parthenogenesis.
- (countable and uncountable) figurative uses of the biologic senses
- (theology) Virgin birth, in reference to the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ.
- Whereas this word's biologic and figurative senses are properly understood as deriving from the prefix parthen- in its biologic-botanic sense (stressing an absence of fertilisation), the theologic sense can only be understood as employing the prefix in the original sense of “virgin", since parthenogenetic offspring are always female.
parthen- (biologic and figurative senses: “absence of fertilisation", “asexual reproduction"; theologic sense: “virgin") (from Ancient Greek Ï€Î±ÏÎ¸ÎÎ½Î¿Ï‚ (parthenos, “virgin")) + -o- +"Ž -genesis (“mode of generation") (from Ancient Greek Î³ÎÎ½ÎµÏƒÎ¹Ï‚ (genesis, “origin", “creation", “generation"))