noun, plural form: hybrids
(general) Any of mixed origin or composition, or the combination of two or more different things.
(molecular biology) A complex formed by joining two complementary strands of nucleic acids.
(biology): For instance, a mule is an animal produced by breeding animals of different breeds, particularly a cross between a horse and a donkey.
Different types of hybrids:
*Single cross hybrid – first generation of offspring resulting from a cross between pure bred parents
*Double cross hybrid - offspring resulting from a cross between two hybrids of single cross
*Three-way cross hybrid – offspring from a cross between a single cross hybrid and an inbred line
*Triple cross hybrid - offspring resulting from the crossing of two different three-way cross hybrids
*Population hybrid – offspring resulting from the crossing of plants or animals in a population with another population. For instance, a cross between difference races
Word origin: L hybrida, hibrida, a crossbred animal.