cross-fertilization

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cross-fertilization

[kraws-fur-tl-uh-zey-shuhn, kros-]
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 self-fertilization ).
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.

Origin:
1875–80

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cross-fertilization
 
n
Compare self-fertilization fertilization by the fusion of male and female gametes from different individuals of the same species
 
cross-'fertile
 
adj

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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
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cross-fertilization definition


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

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Example sentences
The great cross-fertilization of ideas, the ongoing, never-ending planetary
  conversation has begun.
These newsgroups tend to be self-contained worlds, with little
  cross-fertilization.
Here's the latest cross-fertilization of scientific disciplines reported in the
  news related to food science.
All in all, it's a cross-fertilization that was practically unheard of until a
  few years ago.
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