mating

Definitions of mating
  1. noun
    the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes
    “the mating of some species occurs only in the spring”
    synonyms: conjugation, coupling, pairing, sexual union, union
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    assortative mating
    mating of individuals having more traits in common than likely in random mating
    disassortative mating
    mating of individuals having traits more dissimilar than likely in random mating
    cross, crossbreeding, crossing, hybridisation, hybridization, hybridizing, interbreeding
    (genetics) the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids
    inbreeding
    the act of mating closely related individuals
    service, servicing
    the act of mating by male animals
    dihybrid cross
    hybridization using two traits with two alleles each
    monohybrid cross
    hybridization using a single trait with two alleles (as in Mendel's experiments with garden peas)
    reciprocal, reciprocal cross
    hybridization involving a pair of crosses that reverse the sexes associated with each genotype
    test-cross, testcross
    a cross between an organism whose genotype for a certain trait is unknown and an organism that is homozygous recessive for that trait so the unknown genotype can be determined from that of the offspring
    type of:
    sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice
    activities associated with sexual intercourse
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