Reproduction
The production of offspring. Reproduction need not be sexual. Yeast can reproduce by budding.
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1. The total process by which organisms produce offspring. SYN: generation (1), procreation. 2. The recall and presentation in the mind of the elements of a former impression. [L. re-, again, + pro-duco, pp. -ductus, to lead forth, produce]
- asexual r. r. other than by union of male and female sex cells. SYN: agamogenesis, agamogony.
- cytogenic r. r. by means of unicellular germ cells; includes both sexual r. and asexual r. by means of spores.
- sexual r. r. by union of male and female gametes to form a zygote. SYN: gamogenesis, syngenesis.
- somatic r. asexual r. by fission or budding of somatic cells.
- vegetative r. See asexual r..

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re·pro·duc·tion .rē-prə-'dək-shən n the act or process of reproducing specif the process by which plants and animals give rise to offspring and which fundamentally consists of the segregation of a portion of the parental body by a sexual or an asexual process and its subsequent growth and differentiation into a new individual

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re·pro·duc·tion (re″pro-dukґshən) [re- + L. productio production] 1. the production of offspring by organized bodies; called also procreation and propagation. 2. the creation of a similar object or situation; duplication; replication.

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