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Pronunciation: aw-tog′ă-mē

Definition: A form of self-fertilization in which fission of the cell nucleus occurs without division of the cell, the two pronuclei so formed reuniting to form the synkaryon; in other cases, the cell body also divides, but the two daughter cells immediately conjugate.

Synonym(s): automixis

[auto- + G. gamos, marriage]

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