inter- + cross
intercross (third-person singular simple present intercrosses, present participle intercrossing, simple past and past participle intercrossed)
- To cross back over one another
- 1895, Jules Verne, Captain Antifer, page 134:
- From this trunk, like a tower, rose an enormous tenfold ramification, the branches of which crossed and intercrossed, and forked and developed, […]
- (biology, genetics) To breed two strains having a common ancestry with one another
- 1916, Alfred Russel Wallace, Letters and Reminiscences, Vol. 1:
- A species varies occasionally in two directions, but owing to their free intercrossing they (the variations) never increase.
intercross (plural intercrosses)
- (biology, genetics) The act or product of intercrossing
- 2000, Xavier Montagutelli, “Determining the Genetic Basis of a New Trait”, in Sundberg & Boggess editors, Systematic Approach to Evaluation of Mouse Mutations, ISBN 0849319056, page 20:
- Intercrosses are particularly useful with recessive mutations maintained in a small colony.
intercross m (uncountable)
- (sports) lacrosse