mix·​is | \ ˈmiksə̇s \
plural -es

Definition of mixis

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the state characteristic of those organisms in which fertilization and related processes result in the existence of well-marked, alternating, diploid and haploid phases — compare apomixis
-mix·​is | \ ˈmiksə̇s \
plural -mixes

Definition of -mixis (Entry 2 of 2)

: an intermingling in reproduction apomixis endomixis pseudomixis parthenomixis — compare -gamy

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History and Etymology for mixis


Greek, act of mixing, from mignynai to mix

Noun combining form

New Latin -mixis, from Greek, act of mingling, act of mixing, from mixis

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“Mixis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mixis. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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