cross-fertilization

noun
cross-fer·til·i·za·tion | \ˈkrȯs-ˌfər-tə-lə-ˈzā-shən \

Definition of cross-fertilization 

1a : fertilization in which the gametes are produced by separate individuals or sometimes by individuals of different kinds

b : cross-pollination sense 1

2 : interchange or interaction (as between different ideas, cultures, or categories) especially of a broadening or productive nature

First Known Use of cross-fertilization

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of cross-fertilization was in 1870

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cross-fertilization

noun
cross-fer·til·iza·tion
variants: or British cross-fertilisation \-ˌfərt-ᵊl-ə-ˈzā-shən \

Medical Definition of cross-fertilization 

: fertilization in which the gametes are produced by separate individuals or sometimes by individuals of different kinds

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