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autogamy

Syllabification: au·tog·a·my
Pronunciation: /ôˈtäɡəmē
 
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Definition of autogamy in English:

noun

Biology
Self-fertilization, especially the self-pollination of a flower.
Example sentences
  • In this study, I use floral manipulations in conjunction with marker gene analysis to estimate the relative contributions of autogamy and geitonogamy to self fertilization.
  • Together, the three modes of geitonogamy make a much larger contribution to self-fertilization than autogamy.
  • Recipients were cells from young clones only four to six fissions after the last autogamy.

Origin

late 19th century: from auto-1 'self' + Greek -gamia (from gamos 'marriage').

Derivatives

autogamous

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • Like tomato and pepper, eggplant is an autogamous diploid with 12 chromosomes.
  • I estimated the amount of autogamous pollination by comparing the stigmatic pollen loads of intact and emasculated flowers.
  • Wild barley is a predominantly autogamous annual grass.

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