genetic load


genetic load

noun

Definition of GENETIC LOAD

:  the decrease in fitness of the average individual in a population relative to the fittest genotype due to the presence of deleterious genes in the gene pool

First Known Use of GENETIC LOAD

1965

genetic load

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of GENETIC LOAD

: the decrease in fitness of the average individual in a population due to the presence of deleterious genes or genotypes in the gene pool

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