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The development of an embryo without the occurrence of fertilization, especially in plants.

[apo- + Greek mixis, a mingling (from meignunai, mig-, to mingle; see meik- in Indo-European roots).]


n, pl -mixes (-ˈmɪksiːz)
(Biology) (esp in plants) any of several types of asexual reproduction, such as parthenogenesis and apogamy, in which fertilization does not take place. Compare amphimixis
[C20: New Latin, from Greek apo- + mixis a mixing]


(ˌæp əˈmɪk sɪs)

n., pl. -mix•es (-ˈmɪk siz)
any of several types of asexual reproduction, as apogamy or parthenogenesis.
ap`o•mic′tic (-ˈmɪk tɪk) adj.
ap`o•mic′ti•cal•ly, adv.


any of several processes of asexual reproduction. Cf. parthenogenesis.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.apomixis - any of several kinds of reproduction without fertilization
apogamy - (botany) development of an embryo without fertilization; especially the development in some ferns of a sporophyte from the gametophyte without fertilization
agamogenesis, asexual reproduction - reproduction without the fusion of gametes
parthenocarpy - (botany) the development of a fruit without fertilization or seeds
parthenogenesis, parthenogeny - process in which an unfertilized egg develops into a new individual; common among insects and some other arthropods
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In perennial species propagated by apomixes (clonal reproduction), as in the case of Panicum maximum, the estimate of the repeatability coefficient indicates the degree of influence of the permanent effects on the phenotypic variation observed and allows the prediction of the performance of individuals (Di Renzo et al.
A species can produce offspring through different types of mating, such as random outcrossing, correlated outcrossing, biparental inbreeding, self-pollination, apomixes or a combination of these reproductive strategies.