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Meaning of self-fertilization

self-fer•ti•li•za•tion

Pronunciation: (self'fûr"tl-u-zā'shun, self"-), [key]
— n.
  1. fertilization of an ovum of a plant by a male gamete from the same flower (opposed to cross-fertilization).
  2. fertilization of the ovum of a hermaphroditic animal by a sperm from the same individual, as in some species of tapeworm.
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