self-fertilization

noun self-fer·til·i·za·tion \ ˌself-ˌfər-tə-lə-ˈzā-shən \

Definition of self-fertilization

: fertilization effected by union of ova with pollen or sperm from the same individual

self-fertilize

play \ˌself-ˈfər-tə-ˌlīz\ verb

First Known Use of self-fertilization

1850

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self-fertilization

noun self-fer·til·iza·tion \ ˌself-ˌfərt-ᵊl-ə-ˈzā-shən \

medical Definition of self-fertilization

: fertilization effected by union of ova with pollen or sperm from the same individual

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