[ het-uh-roh-sis ]
/ ˌhɛt əˈroʊ sɪs /
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the increase in growth, size, fecundity, function, yield, or other characters in hybrids over those of the parents.
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Also called hybrid vigor.
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British Dictionary definitions for heterosis
/ (ˌhɛtəˈrəʊsɪs) /
biology another name for hybrid vigour
Word Origin for heterosis
C19: from Late Greek: alteration, from Greek heteroioun to alter, from heteros other, different
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