amphimixis

noun
am·​phi·​mix·​is | \ ˌam(p)-fi-ˈmik-səs How to pronounce amphimixis (audio) \
plural amphimixes\ ˌam(p)-​fi-​ˈmik-​ˌsēz How to pronounce amphimixes (audio) \

Definition of amphimixis

: the union of gametes in sexual reproduction

First Known Use of amphimixis

1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amphimixis

borrowed from German Amphimixis, from Greek amphi- amphi- + míxis "mixing, mingling," from mig-, base of meígnymi, mígnymi, mignýnai "to mix" + -sis -sis — more at mix entry 1

Note: The term was introduced by August weismann in Amphimixis, oder die Vermischung der Individuen (Jena, 1891), p. 112.

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“Amphimixis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amphimixis. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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amphimixis

noun
am·​phi·​mix·​is | \ -ˈmik-səs How to pronounce amphimixis (audio) \
plural amphimixes\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce amphimixes (audio) \

Medical Definition of amphimixis

1 : the union of gametes in sexual reproduction
2 : the combining of pregenital, anal, and urethral eroticism in the development of genital sexuality

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