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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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 Scientists have been modeling infectious-disease outbreaks since at least the early 1900s, when the Nobel laureate Ronald Ross used mosquito-reproduction rates and parasite-incubation periods to predict the spread of malaria. New York Times, 22 Nov. 2021 Every new medium is marketed as a better, ‘more intense’ reproduction of reality. Marta Balaga, Variety, 22 Nov. 2021 The asexual reproduction was discovered some years ago during widespread testing of genetic material collected over decades from condors, both living and dead, in breeding programs and in the wild. NBC News, 29 Oct. 2021 The asexual reproduction was discovered some years ago during widespread testing of genetic material collected over decades from condors, both living and dead, in breeding programs and in the wild. CBS News, 29 Oct. 2021 Fish can also be impacted, with reduced rates of growth and reproduction within salty water. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Nov. 2021 The scientists who discovered asexual reproduction in California condors are still scratching their heads about why the eggs of two particular females began developing in the absence of sperm. Rebecca Coffey, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 For vertebrates, asexual reproduction, or parthenogenesis, is rare but hardly novel. Jason Hanna And Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 30 Oct. 2021 The discovery of parthenogenesis, or asexual reproduction, was a first for the species and was achieved through the use of molecular genetic testing, the organization said. Julia Musto, Fox News, 29 Oct. 2021

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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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“Reproduction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reproduction. Accessed 9 Dec. 2021.

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reproduction

noun

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 : copy

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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