genetic drift

noun
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of genetic drift

:random changes in gene frequency especially in small populations when leading to preservation or extinction of particular genes

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First Known Use of genetic drift

1945


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genetic drift

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medical Definition of genetic drift

:random changes in gene frequency especially in small populations when leading to preservation or extinction of particular genes

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