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(Greek: a suffix; pertaining to; of the nature of, like; in chemistry, it denotes a higher valence of the element than is expressed by -ous)

agamic (adjective) (not comparative)
1. A reference to nonsexual reproduction, as by fission, budding, etc.: Some species reproduce without sexual unions or by germinating without impregnation; such as, agamic or unfertilized eggs.
2. A reference to organisms in which all individuals reproduce asexually: Agamic sponges can reproduce by simply fragmenting their bodies and each small portion grows and produces to a new sponge.

In agamic reproduction, the offspring are usually genetically identical to their parents.

Most of unicellular yeast-fungi result from agamic reproduction that takes place by cell fission or the formation of a small cell from a part of a larger one.

agapeistic
Characterized by Christian love.
agastric (adjective), more agastric, most agastric
A descriptive term indicating species that have no alimentary canals: There are agastric creatures that do not have a tubular passage which functions in digestion and elimination.
agathopoietic
A proposed technical epithet for, "intended to do good", "of beneficent tendency".
ageotropic
Not reacting to gravity; that is, moving or turning away from the earth.
agnogenic
Of unknown cause or spontaneous origin; of the nature of idiopathic or an idiopathy (a pathologic condition of unknown cause or spontaneous origin).
agnostic (s) (noun), agnostics (pl)
1. Not known or that which is unknown; an assertion of the uncertainty of all claims to knowledge: The word agnostic was invented, or coined, by T.H. Huxley, the eminent British biologist, in his Science and Christian Tradition, published in 1870, page 21; because he felt that the existence of God was a proposition that could not be proven scientifically. So an agnostic says, in effect, "There may be a God, but as for me, I do not know."
2. A person who believes that the existence of God is unknown, but does not deny the possibility that God exists: Sherman, who was an agnostic, was not convinced that there is a God; however, he also was open to considering any evidence that would prove that God is a reality.
3. Someone who thinks it is impossible to know whether there is a God, future life, or anything beyond the material phenomena we are experiencing and who is unwilling to accept supernatural revelation: One dictionary defines an agnostic as being someone who is not, as is often held, someone who doesn’t know whether there is a God, but a person who believes it is impossible to know or to prove anything about the existence of God.

An agnostic is someone who says he knows nothing about God, and when you agree with him, he becomes angry.

—Evan Esar

An agnostic is someone who has no invisible means of support.

—John Buchan
agogic
1. Of or pertaining to modeling in wax.
2. Applied to a kind of accent consisting in a lengthening of the time-value of the note; or accenting a musical note by extending it slightly beyond its normal time value. Also called agogic accent.
agonic (adjective), more agonic, most agonic
Characteristic of not forming an angle; having no angle: The line indicating the perimeter of a circle is an agonic line.
agraphic (adjective), more agraphic, most agraphic
Characteristic of a loss of the power, or the inability, to communicate ideas in writing: Ann's agraphic disorder involved her inability to use or to understand her written language because of a brain lesion.
agrestic (adjective), more agrestic, most agrestic
1. Of or pertaining to the country or fields, as opposed to the city; rural, rustic, socially unpolished; hence, uncouth: Denise's social behavior was dominated by the agrestic social surroundings of the rural countryside in which she was reared.
2. Conveying a socially unpolished or awkward conduct: Mary's husband had agrestic behavior which indicated that he was not very sophisticated nor cosmopolitan, despite having lived 30 years in the city after he retired from his agricultural life.
3. A reference to something that is used by people in the perfume and flavor industries to describe a special aroma: Elizabeth used a variety of scents that were manufactured to have the agrestic smell of the countryside; such as, hay, heather, forest depths, or meadows.
Rustic, rural, an unpolished behavior.
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agronomic
Application of the various soil and plant sciences to soil management and crop production; scientific agriculture.
agrypnetic (adjective)
A reference to sleeplessness or insomnia.
agrypnotic (s) (noun), agrypnotics (pl)
Anything that produces wakefulness; such as, strong tea or coffee.
aitiogenic (adjective)
A descriptive term for reactions and movements caused by an external agent, a stimulus, or some force.