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 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 Capable of becoming pregnant all on her own, Leonie swiftly employed parthenogenesis, a form of asexual reproduction that generates and grows embryos sans fertilization, a.k.a., sans help from Papa Shark. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Female Shark Gets Pregnant on Her Own, Is the Ultimate Heartbreaker," 18 Jan. 2017 Instead, the resulting female was born through a process known as parthenogenesis, when females produce an offspring on their own. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Unique water dragon dies at zoo; was born without male contribution," 6 July 2019 To date, animals including pythons, bonnethead sharks, Komodo dragons and even birds have been known to practice parthenogenesis. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "The National Zoo’s Female Asian Water Dragon Successfully Reproduced Without a Male," 6 June 2019

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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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“Parthenogenesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parthenogenesis. Accessed 8 Jul. 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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