backcross

1 of 2

verb

back·​cross ˈbak-ˌkrȯs How to pronounce backcross (audio)
backcrossed; backcrossing; backcrosses

transitive verb

: to cross (a first-generation hybrid) with one of the parental types

backcross

2 of 2

noun

: a mating that involves backcrossing
also : an individual produced by backcrossing

Word History

First Known Use

Verb

1898, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of backcross was in 1898

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“Backcross.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/backcross. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

backcross

1 of 2 transitive verb
back·​cross ˈbak-ˌkrȯs How to pronounce backcross (audio)
: to cross (a first-generation hybrid) with one of the parental types

backcross

2 of 2 noun
: a mating that involves backcrossing
also : an individual produced by backcrossing

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