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breed

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verb \ˈbrēd\

Medical Definition of breed

bred \ˈbred\play breed·ing

  1. transitive verb

  2. 1:  to produce (offspring) by hatching or gestation

  3. 2:  to propagate (plants or animals) sexually and usually under controlled conditions

  4. 3a:  mateb:  to mate with :  inseminatec:  impregnate 1

  5. intransitive verb

  6. 1a:  to produce offspring by sexual unionb:  copulate, mate

  7. 2:  to propagate animals or plants




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breed

noun

Medical Definition of breed

  1. :  a group of animals or plants presumably related by descent from common ancestors and visibly similar in most characters; especially :  such a group differentiated from the wild type under domestication





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