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

Examples of parthenogenesis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The organization cites parthenogenesis, a process in which the development of a female gamete occurs without fertilization by sperm, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica. Julia Musto, Fox News, 20 Aug. 2021 The snake was likely born through parthenogenesis, in which one – or multiple – eggs mature without fertilization. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 3 Sep. 2021 The snake was likely born through parthenogenesis, in which one — or multiple — eggs mature without fertilization. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 2 Sep. 2021 National Geographic explained that the forms of parthenogenesis include automixis and apomixis. Julia Musto, Fox News, 20 Aug. 2021 Surprisingly, the team also found two instances of parthenogenesis even though the female had been inseminated. Melissa Cristina Márquez, Forbes, 15 June 2021 If there even is only one parent, New Scientist noted, offspring born from thelytokous parthenogenesis will still be born with a slightly different genetic makeup. Julia Musto, Fox News, 10 June 2021 In Feldheim's mind, there are many open questions on how parthenogenesis in female sharks actually works. Francesca Giuliani-hoffman, CNN, 13 May 2021 For this sort of mutagenic work, however, parthenogenesis is an advantage. The Economist, 23 Jan. 2021

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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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25 Sep 2021

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“Parthenogenesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parthenogenesis. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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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 parthenogenesis (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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