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Related to self-fertilization: cross-fertilization


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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Although in the short-term (a single generation) there was no significant disadvantage to self-fertilization, deleterious effects might accumulate over multiple generations of self-fertilization.
After 50 min, eggs were examined by microscope to detect self-fertilization or sperm contamination.
Flowering plants, which commonly have both "male" and "female" organs, have a variety of ways to stop self-fertilization.
Biologists have found that, although sexual reproduction between two individuals is costly from an evolutionary perspective, it is favored over self-fertilization in the presence of co-evolving parasites.
conversely, self-compatible species may experience outcrossing via pollinators as well as spontaneous and pollinator-assisted self-fertilization (Grashoff and Beaman, 1970; Faegri and van der Pijl, 1971; Meeuse, 1978; stelleman, 1978).
Baby snails produced by self-fertilization have lower chances of survival.
One topic to be addressed when covering sexual reproduction in plants (see "Life Science Standards" in National Research Council, 1996) is how plants avoid self-fertilization.
She explores how pollen helps plants avoid self-fertilization and what the granules can reveal about the evolution of plants.
The task is complicated because it is difficult to determine whether seed is the result of a cross with the desired male parent or of self-fertilization.
The closest inbreeding possible', is self-fertilization.