hybrid vigor


Examples of hybrid vigor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the one hand, hybrids are often more vigorous or productive than their parents, a phenomenon called hybrid vigor or hybrid superiority. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 27 July 2010 The exceptions are in areas such as breeding for hybrid vigor, when heterozygote advantage may be coming to the fore. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 17 Nov. 2010 The details of complementation of two alleles matter a great deal to the bottom line, and the concept of hybrid vigor has percolated out to the general public, with the more informed being cognizant of heterozygosity. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 17 Nov. 2010 Charles Darwin was one of the first researchers to describe hybrid vigor. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, 29 July 2021 Geneticists have proposed several theories about the cause of hybrid vigor, but no definitive explanation has emerged. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, 29 July 2021 Bountiful harvests of corn and other major crops rely on a mysterious phenomenon known as hybrid vigor. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, 29 July 2021 His workshop has a steampunk quality—almost but not quite identical to one from the nineteen-forties—and his social life has a similar hybrid vigor. Burkhard Bilger, The New Yorker, 23 Nov. 2020 That’s because most wild pigs in the U.S. are some level of hybrid between domestic pigs and wild boars, creating heterosis or hybrid vigor. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 5 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hybrid vigor was in 1918

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“Hybrid vigor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hybrid%20vigor. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

hybrid vigor

: unusual vigor or capacity for growth often shown by hybrid plants or animals

Medical Definition

hybrid vigor

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