Skip to definition.
Get the FREE one-click dictionary software for Windows or the iPhone/iPad and Android apps

Noun: cross-fertilization  'krós,fur-tu-lu'zey-shun [N. Amer], 'krós,fur-tu-lI'zey-shun [Brit]
  1. Fertilization by the union of male and female gametes from different individual of the same species
    - cross-fertilisation [Brit]
  2. Interchange between different cultures or different ways of thinking that is mutually productive and beneficial
    "the cross-fertilization of science and the creative arts";
    - cross-fertilisation [Brit]

Derived forms: cross-fertilizations

Type of: fecundation, fertilisation [Brit], fertilization, give-and-take, impregnation, interchange, reciprocation

Antonym: self-fertilization

Encyclopedia: Cross-fertilization