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(krôs′fûr′tl-ĭ-zā′shən, krŏs′-)
1. Fertilization by the union of gametes from different individuals, sometimes of different varieties or species. Also called allogamy.
2. Mutual exchange, as between dissimilar concepts, cultures, or classifications, that enhances understanding or produces something beneficial.

cross′-fer′tile adj.


(Biology) fertilization by the fusion of male and female gametes from different individuals of the same species. Compare self-fertilization
ˌcross-ˈfertile adj


1. the fertilization of an organism by the fusion of an egg from one individual with a sperm or male gamete from a different individual.
2. the fertilization of the flower of one plant by a gamete from the flower of a closely related plant.
3. (not in technical use) cross-pollination.
4. interaction between two or more cultures, fields of study, or the like, that is mutually productive.
cross′-fer′tilize, v.i., v.t. -lized, -liz•ing.


The fertilization that occurs when a male sex cell from one individual joins to a female sex cell from another individual of the same species. In plants, cross-pollination is an example of cross-fertilization.

cross-fertilize verb
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cross-fertilization - fertilization by the union of male and female gametes from different individual of the same species
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
allogamy - cross-fertilization in plants
self-fertilisation, self-fertilization - fertilization by the union of male and female gametes from the same individual
2.cross-fertilization - interchange between different cultures or different ways of thinking that is mutually productive and beneficial; "the cross-fertilization of science and the creative arts"
interchange, reciprocation, give-and-take - mutual interaction; the activity of reciprocating or exchanging (especially information)
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It was a vast and happy intermingling of nationalities that settled down in China in 1982 and the years that followed--a tremendous and successful experiment in cross-fertilization.
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The conference serves as the premier global forum for the networking and cross-fertilization that are indispensable for effective advocacy and action, on a global and national level.
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Connections with the wider realm of popular culture are proposed, and the process of cross-fertilization that had had such an influence on the development of the arts in this century is elucidated.
This cross-fertilization of ideas apparently has neither theological nor liturgical boundaries.
The Monarch also said that "while keeping in mind the numerous events and various developments that marked the past year, we all hope that the New Year will be heralded by the fulfilment of the wishes of our two brotherly peoples and humanity as a whole who yearn for a more peaceful world, a world where the universal ideals of fraternity, equality, solidarity, freedom, justice and equity can be consolidated, along with the values of tolerance and coexistence, which promote fruitful cross-fertilization between different cultures, civilizations and religions.
First, hybrid larvae in each cross-fertilization were always bipinnaria-like and exhibited morphological variation in their gut.
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Fifty years ago I had little idea of where this cross-fertilization might lead.