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copulation

Pronunciation: kop'yu-la'shun

Definition: In protozoology, conjugation between two cells that do not fuse but, rather, separate after mutual fertilization; observed in the ciliophora, as in Paramecium.

Synonym(s): coitus

[L. copulatio, a joining]

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