Definition of gemmation in English:


Line breaks: gem|ma¦tion
Pronunciation: /dʒɛˈmeɪʃ(ə)n


[mass noun] Biology
  • Asexual reproduction by the production of gemmae; budding.
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    • The process of mould growth on indoor surfaces generally includes gemmation, growth, and sporulation.
    • However, in such a way of reproduction, gemmation of descendants causes involution of parental tissues as before.
    • In the higher Articulata, the process of gemmation goes on to a considerable extent in the egg, and even afterwards in some cases, but more or less irregularly.


mid 18th century: from French, from gemmer 'to bud', from gemme 'bud', from Latin gemma.

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