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conjugation   (kŏn'jə-gā'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A type of sexual reproduction in single-celled organisms, such as bacteria and some algae and fungi, in which two organisms or cells from the same species join together to exchange genetic material before undergoing cell division.

  2. The fusion of two gametes to form a zygote, as in some algae and fungi.

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