metagenesis definition

  • noun:
    • See alternation of generations.
    • producing intimate and asexual organisms in alternate years
    • The change of kind which one pet types goes through in a series of successively produced individuals, extending through the one developed from ovum to your final perfected individual. Therefore, metagenesis requires the production of intimate individuals by nonsexual means, either directly or through intervening sexless years. Against monogenesis. See Alternate generation, under generation.
    • Alternation of sexual and asexual or gemmiparous years; -- in difference from heterogamy.
    • In biol, that adjustment of parthenogenesis or alternate generation that will be exhibited when an organism passes from egg into the imago through a few successively generated people varying from one another in type: distinguished by Owen from metamorphosis, and/or change of every one individual because of the customization of its form in general.
    • alternation of intimate and asexual generations

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