reproduction

noun
re·​pro·​duc·​tion | \ ˌrē-prə-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce reproduction (audio) \

Definition of reproduction

1 : the act or process of reproducing specifically : the process by which plants and animals give rise to offspring and which fundamentally consists of the segregation of a portion of the parental body by a sexual or an asexual process and its subsequent growth and differentiation into a new individual
2 : something reproduced : copy
3 : young seedling trees in a forest

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Choose the Right Synonym for reproduction

reproduction, duplicate, copy, facsimile, replica mean a thing made to closely resemble another. reproduction implies an exact or close imitation of an existing thing. reproductions from the museum's furniture collection duplicate implies a double or counterpart exactly corresponding to another thing. a duplicate of a house key copy applies especially to one of a number of things reproduced mechanically. printed 1000 copies of the lithograph facsimile suggests a close reproduction often of graphic matter that may differ in scale. a facsimile of a rare book replica implies the exact reproduction of a particular item in all details a replica of the Mayflower but not always in the same scale. miniature replicas of classic cars

Examples of reproduction in a Sentence

the mass reproduction of fine art a reproduction of the painting
Recent Examples on the Web The resulting stress affects reproduction and growth and suppresses the immune system, increasing vulnerability to disease and parasites. Kim Campbell Thornton Andrews Mcmeel, Star Tribune, "Letting your dog off leash can unleash a host of problems," 16 Oct. 2020 Because of their speedy reproduction patterns and semitransparency, zebrafish—and those vessels—are easy to study in the lab. Oliver Whang, National Geographic, "See the stunning world invisible to the naked eye," 13 Oct. 2020 Annual vines have to go through the growth/reproduction cycle in just one year, so grow faster. oregonlive, "Blue spruce’s branches are dying; now what? Ask an expert," 11 Oct. 2020 Scientists are still unsure why whales sing, but this study suggests that information about behavior, reproduction, and migration could be embedded in the whales’ songs, Oestreich tells Science News. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, "Blue Whales Sing All Day When They Migrate and All Night When They Don’t," 8 Oct. 2020 Of the 51 examples, 44 had seen the virus's reproduction slow while social limits were in place. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "US states stopped their pandemic social restrictions too soon," 8 Oct. 2020 The reproduction is expected to return to Italy once the expo is over, but its fate, for now, is unknown. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, "A High-Tech Twin for a Renaissance Masterpiece," 1 Oct. 2020 On Thursday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said the local viral reproduction rate — a measure of how much transmission is happening in the community — had climbed over 1, which meant the outbreak was starting to grow again. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "California officials predict uptick in coronavirus cases tied to Labor Day, reopening," 25 Sep. 2020 Right whales use social calls to mediate vital interactions, including mating, so a reduction in time or space for acoustic communication could have drastic implications for the species’ survival and reproduction. Taylor L. Machette, Scientific American, "When Whales Stop Calling," 4 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of reproduction

circa 1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of reproduction was circa 1640

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21 Oct 2020

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“Reproduction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reproduction. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for reproduction

reproduction

noun
How to pronounce reproduction (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of reproduction

: the process that produces babies, young animals, or new plants
: the act of copying something (such as a document, book, or sound)
: something that is made to look exactly like an original

reproduction

noun
re·​pro·​duc·​tion | \ ˌrē-prə-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce reproduction (audio) \

Kids Definition of reproduction

1 : the process by which living things produce offspring
2 : the act or process of copying something reproduction of sound
3 : copy entry 1 sense 1 photographic reproductions

reproduction

noun
re·​pro·​duc·​tion | \ ˌrē-prə-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce reproduction (audio) \

Medical Definition of reproduction

: the act or process of reproducing specifically : the process by which plants and animals give rise to offspring and which fundamentally consists of the segregation of a portion of the parental body by a sexual or an asexual process and its subsequent growth and differentiation into a new individual

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