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Noun: life cycle  lIf sI-kul
  1. A series of stages through which an organism passes between recurrences of a primary stage
  2. The course of developmental changes in an organism from fertilized zygote to maturity when another zygote can be produced

Derived forms: life cycles

Type of: development, growing, growth, maturation, ontogenesis, ontogeny, organic phenomenon

Encyclopedia: Life cycle