parasexual

adjective

para·​sex·​u·​al ˌper-ə-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl How to pronounce parasexual (audio)
-shəl,
ˌpa-rə-
: relating to or being reproduction that results in recombination of genes from different individuals but does not involve meiosis and formation of a zygote by fertilization as in sexual reproduction
the parasexual cycle in some fungi
parasexuality noun

Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of parasexual was in 1954

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“Parasexual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parasexual. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

parasexual

adjective
para·​sex·​u·​al ˌpar-ə-ˈseksh-(ə-)wəl, -ˈsek-shəl How to pronounce parasexual (audio)
: relating to or being reproduction that results in recombination of genes from different individuals but does not involve meiosis and formation of a zygote by fertilization as in sexual reproduction
the parasexual cycle in some fungi
parasexuality noun
plural parasexualities
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