gene pool

noun
Updated on: 15 May 2018

Definition of gene pool

: the collection of genes in an interbreeding population that includes each gene at a certain frequency in relation to its alleles : the genetic information of a population of interbreeding organisms
  • the human gene pool

Examples of gene pool in a Sentence

  1. the gene pool of a species

Recent Examples of gene pool from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'gene pool.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of gene pool

1941

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

GENE POOL Defined for English Language Learners

gene pool

Definition of gene pool for English Language Learners

  • biology : all of the genes in a particular group of people or animals


Medical Dictionary

gene pool

noun

medical Definition of gene pool

: the collection of genes in an interbreeding population that includes each gene at a certain frequency in relation to its alleles : the genetic information of a population of interbreeding organisms
  • the human gene pool

Learn More about gene pool


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up gene pool? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a case containing an explosive

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • spring-flowers
  • Which is a synonym of raillery?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!