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inbreeding

noun

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

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

Examples of INBREEDING

  1. genetic defects caused by inbreeding

First Known Use of INBREEDING

circa 1842

inbreeding

noun in·breed·ing \ˈin-ˈbrēd-iŋ\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INBREEDING

:  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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