reproduction

noun

re·​pro·​duc·​tion ˌrē-prə-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce reproduction (audio)
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
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 While adults aboveground are focused on reproduction, fireflies are similar to teenagers in their juvenile stage: focused on eating and growing, Lewis said. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 7 June 2024 So, experts presumed Charlotte’s pregnancy was a result of parthenogenesis, a form of asexual reproduction in which an egg develops into an embryo without male fertilization. Aaron Boorstein, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 June 2024 In the original portrait, he is flanked by another man and some palm fronds, but the reproductions are cropped to show just Guevara’s head. Lucy McKeon, New York Times, 3 June 2024 Houston Zoo in Texas Every year, more than two million people visit the 55-acre Houston Zoo to explore its reproduction of the world's largest tropical wetland, see elephants splashing in their 160,000-gallon pool, and feed the resident giraffes lettuce snacks. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 29 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for reproduction 

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Reproduction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reproduction. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

reproduction

noun
re·​pro·​duc·​tion ˌrē-prə-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce reproduction (audio)
1
: the act or process of reproducing
especially : the process by which plants and animals produce offspring
2
: something reproduced : copy

Medical Definition

reproduction

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