cross-fertilization definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- Fertilization by the union of gametes from different individuals, sometimes of different varieties or species. Also called allogamy.
- Mutual exchange, as between dissimilar concepts, cultures, or classifications, that enhances understanding or produces something beneficial.
- crossˈ-ferˈtile adjective
cross-fertilization - Cultural Definition
cross-fertilization - Science Definition
The fertilization that occurs when the nucleus of a male sex cell from one individual joins with the nucleus of a female sex cell from another individual. In plants, cross-pollination is an example of cross-fertilization. Also called allogamy. Compare self-fertilization.
- cross-fertilize cross-fertilize verb
Variant of cross-fertilize
transitive verb, intransitive verb cross-fertilized, cross-fertilizing
- to fertilize or be fertilized by pollen with different genes
- to fertilize or be fertilized by a male gamete from another animal, as in the mutual exchange of sperm between individuals in a hermaphroditic species
- to fuse a male and female gamete derived from different varieties or species
- cross-fertilization noun