Definition of parthenote in English:

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parthenote

Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːθənəʊt/

noun

Biology
An organism produced from an unfertilized ovum, which is incapable of developing beyond the early embryonic stages.
Example sentences
  • The resulting cells, called parthenotes, are clones of their mother.
  • But genetic tests indicated the Koreans very likely had true embryos, not parthenotes.
  • It's not clear that stem cells from human parthenotes would be useful in therapies.

Origin

1930s: from parthenogenesis and zygote.

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