Definition of fissiparous in English:

fissiparous

Line breaks: fis|sip¦ar|ous
Pronunciation: /fɪˈsɪp(ə)rəs
 
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adjective

  • 1Inclined to cause or undergo division into separate parts or groups: the fissiparous tendencies innate in tribalism she was unsuccessful in holding a fissiparous membership together
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    • We have too many fissiparous tendencies in the two countries to take risks.
    • There are clear limits to what voluntary organizations can do to remedy the fissiparous tendencies of an inherently selfish capitalism.
    • Despite their fissiparous tendencies, they spread steadily.
  • 1.1 Biology (Of an organism) reproducing by fission: small fissiparous worms
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    • Regeneration has been entrained to complete an asexual life cycle in fissiparous and comet-forming starfish.
    • It is noted that fissiparous and cometforming starfish have entrained the regeneration pathway into their life cycle.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Latin fissus, past participle of findere 'split', on the pattern of viviparous.

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