One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Embryonic development occurring in a fragment of an ovum (originally specifically in an enucleated ovum containing a male pronucleus).
2Asexual reproduction of protists by multiple fission (schizogony), specifically that resulting in the production of merozoites; an instance of this.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Nature: a weekly journal of science. From French mérogonie from méro- + -gonie.
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