Cross-fertilization



[kraws-fur-tl-uh-zey-shuh n, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˌfɜr tl əˈzeɪ ʃən, ˈkrɒs-/

noun
1.
Biology. the fertilization of an organism by the fusion of an egg from one individual with a sperm or male gamete from a different individual.
2.
Botany. fertilization of the flower of one plant by a gamete from the flower of a closely related plant (opposed to ).
3.
(not in technical use) cross-pollination.
4.
interaction or interchange, as between two or more cultures, fields of activity or knowledge, or the like, that is mutually beneficial and productive:
a cross-fertilization of scientific and technical disciplines.
noun
1.
fertilization by the fusion of male and female gametes from different individuals of the same species Compare self-fertilization
cross-fertilization
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 verb

The fertilization of the ovum of one plant by the sperm of another plant.

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