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Self-fertilization, especially:
a. Fertilization of a flower by its own pollen.
b. The union of nuclei within and arising from a single cell, as in certain protozoans and fungi.

au′to·gam′ic (ô′tō-găm′ĭk), au·tog′a·mous adj.


1. (Botany) self-fertilization in flowering plants
2. (Biology) a type of sexual reproduction, occurring in some protozoans, in which the uniting gametes are derived from the same cell
auˈtogamous, autogamic adj


(ɔˈtɒg ə mi)

1. pollination of the ovules of a flower by its own pollen; self-fertilization (opposed to allogamy).
2. conjugation in an individual organism by division of its nucleus into two parts that in turn reunite to form a zygote.
au•tog′a•mous, au•to•gam•ic (ˌɔ toʊˈgæm ɪk) adj.
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Noun1.autogamy - self-fertilization in plants
self-fertilisation, self-fertilization - fertilization by the union of male and female gametes from the same individual
allogamy - cross-fertilization in plants
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Automixis is a term that covers several reproductive mechanisms.
This reduction in parental legacy has been termed the cost of meiosis (Williams, 1975) and can be avoided by selfing via self-fertilization, the fusion of gametes from the same individual; by automixis, the activation of a meiotically divided cell (see Mogie, 1986); or by apomixis, a process particular to angiosperms and gymnosperms where seeds form without the need of meiosis and fertilization (see Bicknell and Koltunow, 2004).
Thus, in clonal species that can periodically generate new clones to replace those lost through selection (e.g., in parthenogenetic brine shrimps Artemia with automixis; Browne 1992) and can disperse through a heterogeneous environment (Jaenike et al.