Etymology: From Ancient Greek (polytonic, ) (parthenos) "virgin" + (polytonic, ) (genesis) "creation".
- The production of new individuals from virgin females by means of ova which have the power of developing without the intervention of the male element; the production, without fertilization, of cells capable of germination. It is one of the phenomena of alternate generation. Cf. Heterogamy, and Metagenesis.
- The production of seed without fertilization, believed to occur through the nonsexual formation of an embryo extraneous to the embrionic vesicle.
- Sometimes refers to a theory of the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ.
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