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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Sexual reproduction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The genetic origin of an individual derived from material from both parents (by sexual reproduction)
  • n. descent from a common ancestor

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A theory of generation in which each germ is supposed to contain the germs of all subsequent generations; -- the opposite of epigenesis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Reproduction in which a male and a female take part, one furnishing spermatozoa and the other an ovum, so that the substance of the embryo is actually derived from both parents.

Etymologies

syn- + -genesis (Wiktionary)

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