gynogenesis

noun
gy·​no·​gen·​e·​sis | \ ˌgī-nə-ˈje-nə-səs How to pronounce gynogenesis (audio) \

Definition of gynogenesis

: development in which the embryo contains only maternal chromosomes due to activation of an egg by a sperm that degenerates without fusing with the egg nucleus

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Other Words from gynogenesis

gynogenetic \ ˌgī-​nə-​jə-​ˈne-​tik How to pronounce gynogenetic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of gynogenesis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Moreover, aquaculturists had previously used sperm from paddlefish to trigger gynogenesis in other sturgeon species and vice versa, and none of those experiments had ever produced crossbreeds. Quanta Magazine, "Extra DNA May Make Unlikely Hybrid Fish Possible," 5 Aug. 2020 This is where the American paddlefish comes into as the team used sperm from this fish to start the gynogenesis in the sturgeon. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Goofed and Accidentally Created a New Kind of Fish," 28 July 2020 This new sturddlefish came into existence when the research team tried to breed more Russian sturgeons via gynogenesis, a type of asexual reproduction in which sperm is necessary but leaves no traces of its DNA behind. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Goofed and Accidentally Created a New Kind of Fish," 28 July 2020 That’s why the scientists were initially attempting gynogenesis—to induce the sturgeon eggs into development without fertilization—as a way to possibly replenish the species. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Scientists Accidentally Bred a School of ‘Sturddlefish’," 22 July 2020

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First Known Use of gynogenesis

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gynogenesis

New Latin

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“Gynogenesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gynogenesis. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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gynogenesis

noun
gy·​no·​gen·​e·​sis | \ -ˈjen-ə-səs How to pronounce gynogenesis (audio) \
plural gynogeneses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce gynogeneses (audio) \

Medical Definition of gynogenesis

: development in which the embryo contains only maternal chromosomes due to activation of an egg by a sperm that degenerates without fusing with the egg nucleus — compare androgenesis

Other Words from gynogenesis

gynogenetic \ -​jə-​ˈnet-​ik How to pronounce gynogenetic (audio) \ adjective

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