Parthenogenesis meaning

pärthə-nō-jĕnĭ-sĭs
A form of reproduction in which an unfertilized egg develops into a new individual, occurring commonly among insects and certain other arthropods.
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The artificial activation of an unfertilized usually mammalian egg, resulting in an embryolike cell cluster from which stem cells can be harvested.
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Reproduction by the development of an unfertilized ovum, seed, or spore, as in certain insects or algae: it may be induced artificially by chemical or mechanical means.
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A form of reproduction in which an unfertilized egg develops into a new individual, occurring commonly among insects and certain other arthropods.
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The artificial activation of an unfertilized usually mammalian egg, resulting in an embryolike cell cluster from which stem cells can be harvested.
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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.
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(biology) Referring to various aspects of asexual reproduction:
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(countable and uncountable) Figurative uses of the biologic senses.
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(theology) Virgin birth, in reference to the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ.
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Origin of parthenogenesis

  • New Latin Greek parthenos virgin genesis

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • parthen- (biologic and figurative senses: “absence of fertilisation", “asexual reproduction"; theologic sense: “virgin") (from Ancient Greek παρθένος (parthenos, “virgin")) + -o- +"Ž -genesis (“mode of generation") (from Ancient Greek γένεσις (genesis, “origin", “creation", “generation"))

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