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 For this sort of mutagenic work, however, parthenogenesis is an advantage. The Economist, "Irradiating small animals used as fish food makes them bigger," 23 Jan. 2021 In some very rare cases, animal species reproduce via parthenogenesis exclusively. Corryn Wetzel, National Geographic, "How some animals have ‘virgin births’: Parthenogenesis explained," 25 Aug. 2020 In parthenogenesis, the body finds a unique way of filling in for the genes usually provided by sperm. National Geographic, "Who's your new roommate?," 27 Aug. 2020 Ball pythons are native to central and western Africa and can reproduce asexually, which is known as facultative parthenogenesis, the zoo said. David Williams, CNN, "A ball python laid 7 eggs at the Saint Louis Zoo, even though she hasn't been around a male in years," 11 Sep. 2020 The process, called parthenogenesis, happens to creatures from honey bees to rattlesnakes. National Geographic, "Who's your new roommate?," 27 Aug. 2020 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

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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 11 May. 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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