cross-fertilization

noun
cross-fer·​til·​i·​za·​tion | \ ˈkrȯs-ˌfər-tə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce cross-fertilization (audio) \

Definition of cross-fertilization

1a : fertilization in which the gametes are produced by separate individuals or sometimes by individuals of different kinds
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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“Cross-fertilization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cross-fertilization. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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cross-fertilization

noun
cross-fer·​til·​iza·​tion
variants: or British cross-fertilisation \ -​ˌfərt-​ᵊl-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce cross-fertilisation (audio) \

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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