One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Sexual reproduction involving the fusion of two different gametes to form a zygote.Often contrasted with apomixis
- ‘‘Fertilization is an amphimixis,’ he exclaimed, ‘a mixing or fusing of the properties of the two parental generators.’’
- ‘When I speak of sexual reproduction in this essay, I mean anisogamous amphimixis.’
- ‘Facultative amphimixis is the equivalent of the mechanism described under meiotic parthenogenesis.’
- ‘Our findings indicate that in general haplodiploidy and automixis should be more successful than amphimixis or apomixis.’
- ‘A great diversity of reproductive mechanisms occur among nematodes, including amphimixis, automictic hermaphroditisim, and parthenogenesis.’
Late 19th century: from amphi- + Greek mixis ‘mingling’.
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