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amplexus

Pronunciation: am-plek′sŭs

Definition: The act of clasping of male to female at the time that eggs and sperm are discharged into the immediate environment simultaneously in those species; such as frogs, in which fertilization occurs externally; the male clasps the female closely.

[L. an embrace, fr. amplector, pp. -plexus, to wind around]

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