reproduction

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noun re·pro·duc·tion \ˌrē-prə-ˈdək-shən\

Definition of reproduction

  1. 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. 2 :  something reproduced :  copy

  3. 3 :  young seedling trees in a forest

Examples of reproduction in a Sentence

  1. the mass reproduction of fine art

  2. a reproduction of the painting

Recent Examples of reproduction from the Web

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Circa 1640

First Known Use of reproduction

circa 1640

Synonym Discussion of 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

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REPRODUCTION Defined for English Language Learners

reproduction

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Definition of reproduction for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

reproduction

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noun re·pro·duc·tion \ˌrē-prə-ˈdək-shən\

Definition of reproduction for Students

  1. 1 :  the process by which living things produce offspring

  2. 2 :  the act or process of copying something reproduction of sound

  3. 3 :  1copy 1 photographic reproductions


Medical Dictionary

reproduction

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noun re·pro·duc·tion \ˌrē-prə-ˈdək-shən\

Medical 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



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