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the absence of a rule dictating marriage choices within a social group.


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  • Agammaglobulinemia

    a condition of the blood, either congenital or acquired, in which there is near or complete absence of and a failure of the body to form antibodies, resulting in a frequent occurrence of infectious disease. agammaglobulinemia a·gam·ma·glob·u·lin·e·mi·a (ā-gām’ə-glŏb’yə-lə-nē’mē-ə) n. Congenital or acquired absence of, or extremely low levels of, gamma globulins in the blood.

  • Agamogenesis

    asexual reproduction by buds, offshoots, cell division, etc. Historical Examples agamogenesis: reproduction without fertilization by a male: see parthenogenesis; gamogenesis. Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology John. B. Smith No case of agamogenesis is known in which, ‘when A differs widely from B’, it is itself capable of sexual propagation. Criticisms on “The Origin of […]

  • Agamospermy

    any form of reproduction, as parthenogenesis, apogamy, and apospory, that involves the sex cell but takes place without fertilization or meiosis. noun (botany) formation of seeds in the absence of fertilization; a form of apomixis

  • Agamous

    Biology. . occurring without sexual union; germinating without impregnation; not gamic. Botany, Mycology, . Historical Examples The plant, like the animal, is agamous as long as the flower and the sexual organs have not made their appearance. Animal Parasites and Messmates P. J. Van Beneden adjective asexual; occurring or reproducing without fertilization agamic a·gam·ic (ā-gām’ĭk) […]

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