fitness

noun fit·ness \ ˈfit-nəs \
Updated on: 18 Feb 2018

Definition of fitness

1 : the quality or state of being fit
2 : the capacity of an organism to survive and transmit its genotype to reproductive offspring as compared to competing organisms; also : the contribution of an allele or genotype to the gene pool of subsequent generations as compared to that of other alleles or genotypes

Examples of fitness in a Sentence

  1. a gymnastics program promoting fitness and agility in school-aged children

  2. I have to question the fitness of wearing a bright red dress to a funeral.

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First Known Use of fitness

1580



Medical Dictionary

fitness

noun fit·ness \ ˈfit-nəs \

medical Definition of fitness

: the capacity of an organism to survive and transmit its genotype to reproductively fertile offspring as compared to competing organisms; also : the contribution of an allele or genotype to the gene pool of subsequent generations as compared to that of other alleles or genotypes


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