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Pronunciation: hi'brid


  1. An individual (plant or animal) with parents that are different varieties of the same species or belong to different but closely allied species.
  2. Fused tissue culture cells, as in a hybridoma.
  3. A bond or valence orbital obtained by the linear combination of two or more different atomic orbitals.

Synonym(s): crossbreed1

[L. hybrida, offspring of a tame sow and a wild boar, fr. G. hybris, violation, wantonness]

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