parthenogenesis

noun
par·​the·​no·​gen·​e·​sis | \ ˌpär-thə-nō-ˈje-nə-səs How to pronounce parthenogenesis (audio) \

Definition of parthenogenesis

: reproduction by development of an unfertilized usually female gamete that occurs especially among lower plants and invertebrate animals

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Other Words from parthenogenesis

parthenogenetic \ ˌpär-​thə-​nō-​jə-​ˈne-​tik How to pronounce parthenogenetic (audio) \ or less commonly parthenogenic \ ˌpär-​thə-​nō-​ˈje-​nik How to pronounce parthenogenic (audio) \ adjective
parthenogenetically \ ˌpär-​thə-​nō-​jə-​ˈne-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce parthenogenetically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of parthenogenesis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This form of parthenogenesis is more common in plants. Corryn Wetzel, National Geographic, "How some animals have ‘virgin births’: Parthenogenesis explained," 25 Aug. 2020 That may explain why parthenogenesis is possible in so many desert and island species. Corryn Wetzel, National Geographic, "How some animals have ‘virgin births’: Parthenogenesis explained," 25 Aug. 2020 Most lizards can reproduce asexually using a process called parthenogenesis, in which a female can reproduce without the genetic contribution of the male. Quanta Magazine, "How to Breed a Pomsky and Other Questions About Dogs and Sex," 18 June 2020 Only two of the eggs Saphira produced through parthenogenesis were able to develop enough to hatch. Jason Bittel, Washington Post, "This lizard has no dad — here’s how," 30 June 2019 In layman’s terms, parthenogenesis refers to female reproduction conducted without any genetic contribution from a male. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "The National Zoo’s Female Asian Water Dragon Successfully Reproduced Without a Male," 6 June 2019 Scientists call this parthenogenesis (pronounced par-thuh-noh-JEN-uh-sis). Jason Bittel, Washington Post, "This lizard has no dad — here’s how," 30 June 2019 Once more research was done in other reptile species on parthenogenesis, the team decided to incubate her eggs in 2015. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Without the help of any male, this female lizard became pregnant alone and gave birth," 7 June 2019 In the case of marmorkrebs, its origin and the parthenogenesis seem to be related. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Mutant crayfish got rid of males, and its clones are taking over the world," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of parthenogenesis

1849, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parthenogenesis

New Latin, from Greek parthenos + Latin genesis genesis

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The first known use of parthenogenesis was in 1849

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12 Sep 2020

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

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parthenogenesis

noun
par·​the·​no·​gen·​e·​sis | \ ˌpär-thə-nō-ˈjen-ə-səs How to pronounce parthenogenesis (audio) \
plural parthenogeneses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce parthenogeneses (audio) \

Medical Definition of parthenogenesis

: reproduction by development of an unfertilized usually female gamete that occurs especially among lower plants and invertebrate animals

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