Meaning of life cycle

life' cy"cle

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. the continuous sequence of changes undergone by an organism from one primary form, as a gamete, to the development of the same form again.
  2. a series of stages, as childhood and middle age, that characterize the course of existence of an individual, group, or culture.
  3. any similar series of stages: the life cycle of a manufactured product.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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