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inbreeding

noun

Simple Definition of inbreeding

  • : a process by which animals, plants, or people are born from or produced by closely related parents

Full Definition of inbreeding

  1. 1 :  the interbreeding of closely related individuals especially to preserve and fix desirable characters of and to eliminate unfavorable characters from a stock

  2. 2 :  confinement to a narrow range or a local or limited field of choice

Examples of inbreeding

  1. genetic defects caused by inbreeding



Circa 1842

First Known Use of inbreeding

circa 1842


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inbreeding

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noun in·breed·ing \ˈin-ˈbrēd-iŋ\

Medical Definition of inbreeding

  1. :  the interbreeding of closely related individuals especially to preserve and fix desirable characters of and to eliminate unfavorable characters from a stock—compare linebreeding, outbreeding




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