Definition of life cycle in English:

Share this entry

life cycle

Pronunciation: /ˈlīf ˌsīkəl/


The series of changes in the life of an organism, including reproduction.
Example sentences
  • Entry into the transport medium may or may not be a regular part of the life cycle of an organism.
  • The phytohormone ethylene plays roles in physiological processes throughout the life cycle of the plant.
  • Like other animals, they pass through a life cycle from birth to maturity to death.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: life cy·cle

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.