Definition of sexual reproduction in English:

sexual reproduction


mass nounBiology
  • The production of new living organisms by combining genetic information from two individuals of different types (sexes). In most higher organisms, one sex (male) produces a small motile gamete which travels to fuse with a larger stationary gamete produced by the other (female).

    • ‘This is due to the fact that all organisms that rely on sexual reproduction have only two known options to redistribute the output of hunting-gathering activity: eusociality or market exchange.’
    • ‘But then they argue that genetic engineering and sexual reproduction are essentially the same.’
    • ‘He ranged over many areas of animal and plant physiology, with special interests in the transport of nutrients and in sexual reproduction.’
    • ‘Going back to the 19th century, scientists have proposed that sexual reproduction makes natural selection more effective because it increases genetic variation.’
    • ‘The two forms of reproduction, sexual reproduction and asexual reproduction or budding, make for great efficiency and flexibility and are characteristic of the life histories of many other reef organisms.’
    the facts of life, reproduction
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