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NOUN (2)

1. human conception without fertilization by a man;
[syn: parthenogenesis, parthenogeny, virgin birth]

2. process in which an unfertilized egg develops into a new individual; common among insects and some other arthropods;
[syn: parthenogenesis, parthenogeny]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

parthenogenesis \par`the*no*gen"e*sis\ (p[aum]r`th[-e]*n[-o]*j[e^]n"[-e]*s[i^]s), n. [Gr. parqe`nos a virgin + E. genesis.] 1. (Biol.) The production of new individuals from virgin females by means of ova which have the power of developing without the intervention of the male element; the production, without fertilization, of cells capable of germination. It is one of the phenomena of alternate generation. Cf. Heterogamy, and Metagenesis. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) The production of seed without fertilization, believed to occur through the nonsexual formation of an embryo extraneous to the embryonic vesicle. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

parthenogenesis n 1: human conception without fertilization by a man [syn: parthenogenesis, parthenogeny, virgin birth] 2: process in which an unfertilized egg develops into a new individual; common among insects and some other arthropods [syn: parthenogenesis, parthenogeny]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

22 Moby Thesaurus words for "parthenogenesis": abiogenesis, archigenesis, biogenesis, birth, blastogenesis, development, digenesis, epigenesis, eumerogenesis, generation, genesis, heterogenesis, histogenesis, homogenesis, isogenesis, merogenesis, metagenesis, monogenesis, orthogenesis, pangenesis, procreation, spontaneous generation