Pronunciation: (self'fûr"tl-u-zā'shun, self"-), Strict Standards: Non-static method FenSites::linkTo() should not be called statically in /site/html/dictionary/self-fertilization.html on line 77 [key]
1. Bot.fertilization of an ovum of a plant by a male gamete from the same flower (opposed to cross-fertilization).
2. Zool.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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