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Fecundation of the ovules by the pollen of the same flower, or of the ova by the spermatozoa of the same animal in hermaphroditic forms; denoting an extreme type of inbreeding seen in certain plants and animal forms that produce both male and female gametes.
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-fertilization the fusion of male and female GAMETES from the same HERMAPHRODITE individual. Self-fertilization is fairly rare in animals (occurring, for example, in some snails and nematode worms) but is common in some plant groups. see SELF-POLLINATION. Compare CROSS-FERTILIZATION.
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