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sexual reproduction

noun, Biology
1.
reproduction involving the union of gametes.
Origin of sexual reproduction
1880-1885
1880-85
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  • Thus in sexual reproduction two hereditary tendencies are in a sense intermingled.

    Herbert Spencer J. Arthur Thomson
  • What other reason can there be why the circuitous process of sexual reproduction has been preferred?

    Herbert Spencer J. Arthur Thomson
  • The sexual reproduction of the colonies of the Volvocaceae is one of the most important phenomena presented by the Protozoa.

  • It is not difficult to see the advantages in the postponement of sexual reproduction until the rate of growth begins to decline.

    Herbert Spencer J. Arthur Thomson
  • As a matter of fact the two ideas are not mutually exclusive; sexual reproduction may accomplish both of these ends.

    Being Well-Born Michael F. Guyer
  • It has already been stated that both parthenogenesis and gemmation are ultimately derived from sexual reproduction.

  • But in sexual reproduction we have an exactly reverse process.

    Evolution Joseph Le Conte
  • Variation is thus due to the action or stimulus of external influences, supplemented by sexual reproduction.

  • The clearest evidences as to the stages in the evolution of sexual reproduction is found in the plant world among the green algæ.

    Taboo and Genetics Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard
  • The actual mechanism of sexual reproduction is essentially the same wherever it occurs, whether in a seaweed or a human being.

    Parallel Paths Thomas William Rolleston
British Dictionary definitions for sexual reproduction

sexual reproduction

noun
1.
reproduction involving the fusion of a male and female haploid gamete
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sexual reproduction in Medicine

sexual reproduction n.
Reproduction by the union of male and female gametes to form a zygote. Also called syngenesis.

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sexual reproduction in Science
sexual reproduction  
See under reproduction.
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sexual reproduction in Culture

sexual reproduction definition


The production of a new living thing by two parent organisms, with each parent contributing half the material in the DNA of the offspring. The young, genetically different from either parent, can rapidly adapt to their environment by means of natural selection. (See chromosomes and meiosis.)

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