apo·​mix·​is ˌa-pə-ˈmik-səs How to pronounce apomixis (audio)
plural apomixes ˌa-pə-ˈmik-ˌsēz How to pronounce apomixis (audio)
: reproduction (such as apogamy or parthenogenesis) involving specialized generative tissues but not dependent on fertilization

Examples of apomixis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web National Geographic explained that the forms of parthenogenesis include automixis and apomixis. Julia Musto, Fox News, 20 Aug. 2021 In apomixis, reproductive cells replicate using mitosis, forming genetically identical offspring. Julia Musto, Fox News, 20 Aug. 2021

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Word History


New Latin, from apo- + Greek mixis act of mixing, from mignynai

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of apomixis was in 1909

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“Apomixis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apomixis. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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