reproductive

adjective
re·​pro·​duc·​tive | \ ˌrē-prə-ˈdək-tiv \

Definition of reproductive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or capable of reproduction highly reproductive wild geese

reproductive

noun

Definition of reproductive (Entry 2 of 2)

: an actual or potential parent specifically : a sexually functional social insect

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Adjective

reproductively adverb

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As the reproductive cells of the body, these can be either egg cells or sperm cells. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Did You Know Dermoid Cysts Can Have Hair, Skin, and TEETH?," 15 Jan. 2019 These are not women’s questions alone to answer, and yet, any sort of plot point involving motherhood or pregnancy is often viewed as open season to ask actresses about their reproductive plans. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Here’s an Idea: Do Not Ask Celebrities—Or Any Women, Actually—When They’re Having a Baby," 15 Jan. 2019 More recently, lawmakers created statutes allowing women to seek reproductive services without a referral from their primary doctor and to obtain a year’s supply of birth control in a single pharmacy visit and without a prescription. John Myers, latimes.com, "Abortion may soon return to the national political debate, but it's largely settled in California," 8 July 2018 The San Diego Zoo’s Ryder, along with Hildebrandt and other reproductive biologists, drew up a plan in Vienna in 2015 to rescue the subspecies. Ben Guarino, Washington Post, "‘Beautiful’ embryos created from near-extinct rhinoceros sperm," 4 July 2018 Despite the slim chance of getting pregnant with an IUD, doctors stress that IUDs are generally an extremely safe and reliable way to control your reproductive future. Korin Miller, SELF, "The Truth About Getting Pregnant When You Have an IUD," 27 Dec. 2018 The group has also distilled its unity principles into 10 issue areas, including reproductive justice, disability rights, and ending state violence, and formed policy committees to identify specific goals in each area. Anna North, Vox, "The Women’s March changed the American left. Now anti-Semitism allegations threaten the group’s future.," 21 Dec. 2018 This substance has caused adverse reproductive and fetal effects in animals.... Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Is vaping better than smoking? Scientists studied pee to find out," 14 Dec. 2018 Their reproductive cycles are the same (commercial hens have to be artificially inseminated). Popular Mechanics, "The Secrets of Raising Heritage Turkeys," 21 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of reproductive

Adjective

1746, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1932, in the meaning defined above

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reproductive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of reproductive

: relating to or involved in the production of babies, young animals, or new plants

reproductive

adjective
re·​pro·​duc·​tive | \ ˌrē-prə-ˈdək-tiv \

Kids Definition of reproductive

: relating to or concerned with the production of offspring reproductive cells

reproductive

adjective
re·​pro·​duc·​tive | \ ˌrē-prə-ˈdək-tiv \

Medical Definition of reproductive

: of, relating to, functioning in, or capable of reproduction reproductive organs

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reproductively adverb

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