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noun Genetics.
  1. the increase in growth, size, fecundity, function, yield, or other characters in hybrids over those of the parents.
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Origin of heterosis

First recorded in 1910–15, heterosis is from the Late Greek word hetérōsis an alteration. See hetero-, -sis
Also called hybrid vigor.
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British Dictionary definitions for heterosis


  1. biology another name for hybrid vigour
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Word Origin for heterosis

C19: from Late Greek: alteration, from Greek heteroioun to alter, from heteros other, different
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