reproduction

[ree-pruh-duhk-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act or process of reproducing.
2.
the state of being reproduced.
3.
something made by reproducing an original; copy; duplicate: a photographic reproduction; a reproduction of a Roman vase.
4.
Biology. the natural process among organisms by which new individuals are generated and the species perpetuated.

Origin:
1650–60; re- + production

nonreproduction, noun
self-reproduction, noun


3. replica, facsimile. 4. generation, propagation.
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reproduction (ˌriːprəˈdʌkʃən)
 
n
1.  biology any of various processes, either sexual or asexual, by which an animal or plant produces one or more individuals similar to itself
2.  a.  an imitation or facsimile of a work of art, esp of a picture made by photoengraving
 b.  Sometimes shortened to: repro (as modifier): a reproduction portrait
3.  the quality of sound from an audio system: this amplifier gives excellent reproduction
4.  the act or process of reproducing
5.  the state of being reproduced
6.  a revival of an earlier production, as of a play

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reproduction re·pro·duc·tion (rē'prə-dŭk'shən)
n.

  1. The act of reproducing or the condition or process of being reproduced.

  2. Recall of a memory.

  3. The sexual or asexual process by which organisms generate others of the same kind.

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reproduction   (rē'prə-dŭk'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
The process by which cells and organisms produce other cells and organisms of the same kind. ◇ The reproduction of organisms by the union of male and female reproductive cells (gametes) is called sexual reproduction. Many unicellular and most multicellular organisms reproduce sexually. ◇ Reproduction in which offspring are produced by a single parent, without the union of reproductive cells, is called asexual reproduction. The fission (splitting) of bacterial cells and the cells of multicellular organisms by mitosis is a form of asexual reproduction, as is the budding of yeast cells and the generation of clones by runners in plants. Many plants and fungi are capable of reproducing both sexually and asexually, as are some animals, such as sponges and aphids.
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Example sentences
Mechanical and, more recently, digital reproduction have increased greatly the
  capacity to copy images.
In other words, reproduction was necessary for her marriage to survive.
In this case, the ability to control fertility, which revealed the desire to
  limit reproduction.
Reproduction is one important tool for the survival of human species.
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