Definition of gemmation in English:



mass nounBiology
  • Asexual reproduction by the production of gemmae; budding.

    • ‘In the higher Articulata, the process of gemmation goes on to a considerable extent in the egg, and even afterwards in some cases, but more or less irregularly.’
    • ‘All individuals breed (or by gemmation, or, with the participation of a partner of their species, by the sexual way), producing descendants of the species, that are settled separately.’
    • ‘However, in such a way of reproduction, gemmation of descendants causes involution of parental tissues as before.’
    • ‘The process of mould growth on indoor surfaces generally includes gemmation, growth, and sporulation.’


Mid 18th century: from French, from gemmer ‘to bud’, from gemme ‘bud’, from Latin gemma.