outcross

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noun

out·​cross ˈau̇t-ˌkrȯs How to pronounce outcross (audio)
1
: a cross between relatively unrelated individuals
2
: the progeny of an outcross

outcross

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verb

outcrossed; outcrossing; outcrosses

transitive verb

: to cross with a relatively unrelated individual or strain : to subject to outcrossing

Examples of outcross in a Sentence

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Noun
What if chimeras escape and outcross in the wild? Amy Webb, Wired, 1 Dec. 2021 If a population is highly inbred, then individuals who are not relations by social custom may still be so genetically similar to a point where the pairing can not credibly be stated as an outcross. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 23 July 2012

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of outcross was in 1890

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“Outcross.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outcross. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

outcross

1 of 2 noun
out·​cross ˈau̇t-ˌkrȯs How to pronounce outcross (audio)
1
: a cross made by outcrossing two individuals or strains
2
: the offspring resulting from an outcross

outcross

2 of 2 verb
: to cross with an unrelated individual or strain or one that is only distantly related

Medical Definition

outcross

1 of 2 noun
out·​cross ˈau̇t-ˌkrȯs How to pronounce outcross (audio)
1
: a cross between relatively unrelated individuals
2
: the progeny of an outcross

outcross

2 of 2 transitive verb
: to cross with a relatively unrelated individual or strain

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