Asexual reproduction

Definition

noun

A form of reproduction that does not involve meiosis, ploidy reduction or fertilization, and the offspring is a clone of the parent organism;because of no exchange of genetic material.


Supplement

An organism capable of asexual reproduction is able to produce offspring in the absence of a mate. In asexual reproduction, the offspring is a clone of the parent and therefore results in low genetic variation in the species as a whole.

Examples of asexual reproduction are:


Word origin: a- (absence or lack of) sexual + reproduction.

Compare: sexual reproduction


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