Definition of alternation of generations in English:

alternation of generations

Line breaks: al¦ter|na¦tion of gen¦er|ations


[mass noun] Biology
  • A pattern of reproduction occurring in the life cycles of many lower plants and some invertebrates, involving a regular alternation between two distinct forms. The generations are alternately sexual and asexual (as in ferns) or dioecious and parthenogenetic (as in some jellyfishes).
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    • Like plants and many protists, brown algae undergo a complex life cycle involving alternation of generations.
    • In many organisms with both sexual and asexual reproduction, including most sexual protists, fungi, algae, and nonseed plants, sex involves an alternation of generations between haploid and diploid phases.
    • Although they are often unicelled and simple, some algae have a 1n - 2n life cycle which constitutes an alternation of generations.

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