Definition of parthenogenesis
: reproduction by development of an unfertilized usually female gamete that occurs especially among lower plants and invertebrate animals
parthenogeneticallyplay \ˌpär-thə-nō-jə-ˈne-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
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Scientists have long known that female cockroaches, like many other species, can give birth through parthenogenesis, a form of asexual reproduction in which the females produce eggs without male participation.
The results of the tests showed that the Osedax worms had a high level of genetic diversity, and in most cases the difference between male and female mitochondrial DNA allowed the idea of parthenogenesis to be rejected.
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Origin and Etymology of parthenogenesis
New Latin, from Greek parthenos + Latin genesis genesis
First Known Use: 1849See Words from the same year
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