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FERTILIZATION

1. The essential process in sexual reproduction, inclusion the union of two specialised haploid cells, the male and female gametes to give a diploid cell, the zygote, which then develops to form a new organism. 2. The act of fecundating or impregnating animal or vegetable germs; especially, the process by which in flowers the pollen renders the ovule fertile, or an analogous process in flowerless plants; fecundation; impregnation. 3. Close fertilization, the fertilization of pistils by pollen derived from the stamens of the same blossom. Cross fertilization, fertilization by pollen from some another blossom. See Cross.
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