parasexual

adjective para·sex·u·al \ ˌper-ə-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl , -shəl , ˌpa-rə- \

Definition of parasexual

: 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

play \ˌper-ə-ˌsek-shə-ˈwa-lə-tē, ˌpa-rə-\ noun

First Known Use of parasexual

1954

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parasexual

adjective para·sex·u·al \ ˌpar-ə-ˈseksh-(ə-)wəl, -ˈsek-shəl \

medical Definition of parasexual

: 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

play \-ˌsek-shə-ˈwal-ət-ē\ noun, plural -ties

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