outcrossing

noun
out·​cross·​ing | \ ˈau̇t-ˌkrȯ-siŋ How to pronounce outcrossing (audio) \

Definition of outcrossing

: the interbreeding of individuals or stocks that are relatively unrelated (as to improve expression of a desired genetic trait) : outbreeding

First Known Use of outcrossing

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outcrossing was in 1890

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“Outcrossing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outcrossing. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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outcrossing

noun
out·​cross·​ing

Medical Definition of outcrossing

: a mating of individuals of different strains but usually of the same breed

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