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viviparous

adjective vi·vip·a·rous \vī-ˈvi-p(ə-)rəs, və-\

Definition of VIVIPAROUS

1
:  producing living young instead of eggs from within the body in the manner of nearly all mammals, many reptiles, and a few fishes
2
:  germinating while still attached to the parent plant <the viviparous seed of the mangrove>
vi·vip·a·rous·ly adverb
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Origin of VIVIPAROUS

Latin viviparus, from vivus alive + -parus -parous
First Known Use: 1646
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viviparous

adjective vi·vip·a·rous \vī-ˈvip-(ə-)rəs, və-\

Medical Definition of VIVIPAROUS

:  producing living young instead of eggs from within the body in the manner of nearly all mammals, many reptiles, and a few fishes—compare larviparous, oviparous, ovoviviparous
vi·vip·a·rous·ly adverb

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