reproduction


re·pro·duc·tion

noun \ˌrē-prə-ˈdək-shən\

: the process that produces babies, young animals, or new plants

: the act of copying something (such as a document, book, or sound)

: something that is made to look exactly like an original

Full Definition of REPRODUCTION

1
:  the act or process of reproducing; specifically :  the process by which plants and animals give rise to offspring and which fundamentally consists of the segregation of a portion of the parental body by a sexual or an asexual process and its subsequent growth and differentiation into a new individual
2
:  something reproduced :  copy
3
:  young seedling trees in a forest

Examples of REPRODUCTION

  1. the mass reproduction of fine art
  2. a reproduction of the painting

First Known Use of REPRODUCTION

1659

Synonym Discussion of REPRODUCTION

reproduction, duplicate, copy, facsimile, replica mean a thing made to closely resemble another. reproduction implies an exact or close imitation of an existing thing <reproductions from the museum's furniture collection>. duplicate implies a double or counterpart exactly corresponding to another thing <a duplicate of a house key>. copy applies especially to one of a number of things reproduced mechanically <printed 1000 copies of the lithograph>. facsimile suggests a close reproduction often of graphic matter that may differ in scale <a facsimile of a rare book>. replica implies the exact reproduction of a particular item in all details <a replica of the Mayflower> but not always in the same scale <miniature replicas of classic cars>.

Other Genetics Terms

chimera, hermaphrodite, plasticity

re·pro·duc·tion

noun \ˌrē-prə-ˈdək-shən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of REPRODUCTION

: the act or process of reproducing; specifically : the process by which plants and animals give rise to offspring and which fundamentally consists of the segregation of a portion of the parental body by a sexual or an asexual process and its subsequent growth and differentiation into a new individual

reproduction

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Process by which organisms replicate themselves, assuring continuation of their species. The two basic forms are asexual and sexual. Asexual reproduction (e.g., fission, spore formation, regeneration, and vegetative reproduction) produces an offspring genetically identical to its single parent. Sexual reproduction produces a new individual through the union of special sex cells (gametes), usually from different parents. Gametes result from meiosis. Gamete union results in a zygote, the first cell of a new organism. Sexual reproduction ensures that each offspring is genetically unique (except in cases of multiple offspring derived from divisions of one zygote). Most animals, including all vertebrates, reproduce sexually.

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