Definition of metagenesis in English:


Syllabification: met·a·gen·e·sis
Pronunciation: /ˌmetəˈjenəsis


  • The alternation of generations between sexual and asexual reproduction.
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    • It is the life cycle consisting of an asexual and a sexual generation (metagenesis) of the cycliophorans that makes the phylum unique.
    • However, unlike cnidarians, ctenophores possess rows of cilia and a unique, complex sensory organ and lack cnidae and metagenesis.
    • Checkpoints in the life-cycle of Cassiopea spp.: control of metagenesis and metamorphosis in a tropical jellyfish.


late 19th century: modern Latin.

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