Define Reproduction

Updated on March 22, 2021 06:40 PM IST by Lakshmi Arya

Reproduction  is  defined  as  a  biological  process  in  which  an organism gives rise to young ones (offspring) similar to itself. The offspringgrow, mature and in turn produce new offspring. Thus, there is a cycle of birth, growth and death. Reproduction enables the continuity of the species, generation after generation.
Based on whether there  is  participation  of  one  organism  or  two  in  the  process  of reproduction, it is of two types. When offspring is produced by a single parent  with  or  without  the  involvement  of  gamete  formation,  there production is asexual. When two parents (opposite sex) participate in the reproductive process and also involve fusion of male and female gametes, it is called sexual reproduction.

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