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

1659

First Known Use of reproduction

1659

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>.

Other Genetics Terms


REPRODUCTION Defined for English Language Learners

reproduction

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

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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