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hybridization; the mating of organisms of different strains or species.
1. The process of breeding a hybrid.
2. Crossing over between related but nonallelic genes.
3. The specific reassociation of complementary strands of polynucleic acids, for example, the formation of a DNA-RNA hybrid.
4. The process or act of forming a macromolecular hybrid in which the subunits are obtained from different sources.
crossbreeding/cross·breed·ing/ (-brēd-ing) hybridization; the mating of organisms of different strains or species.
Etymology: L, crux + bredan
the production of offspring by the mating of individuals of different varieties, strains, or species; hybridization. See also inbreeding. crossbred, adj.
hybridization; the mating of organisms of different strains or species, e.g. when animals of different breeds are mated. Practiced extensively in farm animals to capitalize on advantages conferred by hybrid vigor.