cross-fertilization cross-fertilization


  1. (n) fertilization by the union of male and female gametes from different individual of the same species
  2. (n) interchange between different cultures or different ways of thinking that is mutually productive and beneficial



  1. Such cross-fertilization is, in fact, nothing new.
  2. It is in this endless cross-fertilization of country and blues, jazz and heavy metal, rap and alternative rock that the unpredictable genius of popular music can be found.
  3. This process ensures cross-fertilization by showering the bee with pollen and spanking other pollen loose from the bee's body.


  1. In an interview with the LA Times, Nolan said: "I don't think our Batman, our Gotham, lends itself to that kind of cross-fertilization. It goes back to one of the first things we wrangled with when we first started putting the story together: Is...
    on Oct 29, 2008 By: Christopher Nolan Source: Coventry Telegraph

  2. "This is a first -of-its-kind network for policy research in Canada," said Richard Nesbitt, Chief Executive Officer of TSX Group. "It will encourage a cross-fertilization of research ideas among academic institutions across the country and,...
    on Feb 21, 2007 By: Richard Nesbitt Source: AScribe (press release)

  3. "This work may be complementary to efforts of cancer immunologists who have developed many clever ways to improve the development of antitumor T cells," said Elias A. Zerhouni, MD, NIH Director. "The cross-fertilization of research between...
    on Aug 15, 2006 By: Elias Zerhouni Source: National Institutes of Health (press release)

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