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Fertilization by male gametes from the same individual, as by sperm from the same animal in hermaphroditic species or by pollen from the same plant.

self′-fer′til·ized′ (-īzd′) adj.
self′-fer′til·iz′ing adj.




(Biology) fertilization in a plant or animal by the fusion of male and female gametes produced by the same individual. Compare cross-fertilization
ˌself-ˈfertile adj
ˌself-ˈfertiˌlized, ˌself-ˈfertiˌlised adj
ˌself-ˈfertiˌlizing, ˌself-ˈfertiˌlising adj


fertilization of the ovum by a male gamete of the same individual.
self′-fer′tilized, adj.
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Noun1.self-fertilization - fertilization by the union of male and female gametes from the same individual
fecundation, fertilisation, fertilization, impregnation - creation by the physical union of male and female gametes; of sperm and ova in an animal or pollen and ovule in a plant
autogamy - self-fertilization in plants
cross-fertilisation, cross-fertilization - fertilization by the union of male and female gametes from different individual of the same species
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elegans and two related species, male worms turn up now and then, but most individuals are self-fertilizing hermaphrodites.
These trees are not only fast-growing but also self-propagating and self-fertilizing.
Johnson and his collaborators from Cornell University, University of Montana and University of Turku in Finland, planted evening primrose, a typically self-fertilizing plant with genetically identical offspring, in two sets of plots.
High inbreeding depression is expected in cross-fertilizing species and relatively low inbreeding depression in self-fertilizing species (Maynard Smith 1978, Wells 1979, Lande & Schernske 1985, Charlesworth & Charlesworth 1987).
We are interested in establishing Kryptolebias marmoratus, as a model organism for genetic and developmental studies due to its unique reproductive strategy as a hermaphroditic, self-fertilizing vertebrate (6).
Mesquite is a versatile desert denizen with the feathery, bipinnate foliage characteristic of leguminous, self-fertilizing trees.
All specimens had been individually isolated from the time of metamorphosis and thus had no opportunity for mating, suggesting that these slugs were self-fertilizing.
Self-mulching mowers that leave finely chopped grass and leaves on the lawn are like having a self-fertilizing lawn.
If you only have enough room for one plant, be sure to ask the nursery grower whether your cultivar is self-fertilizing or not.
Scientists had known that this species has a unique sex life: It is the only vertebrate that generally functions as a self-fertilizing hermaphrodite, producing clones of itself.
For example, Solbrig and Rollins (1977) concluded that self-fertilizing Leavenworthia flowers had a 3:2 reproductive advantage over flowers from populations that outcrossed but did not self.
A major issue is what level of inbreeding depression is maintained in partially self-fertilizing populations given the purging effects of self-fertilization on genetic load.