inbreed

verb
in·​breed | \ˈin-ˈbrēd \
inbred\ˈin-​ˈbred \; inbreeding

Definition of inbreed 

transitive verb

: to subject to inbreeding

intransitive verb

: to engage in inbreeding

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And as their faces got smaller, our ancestors became more social; groups of Neanderthals and other ancient humans seem to have inbred frequently, but among modern humans, there was much more contact between different groups. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Expressive Eyebrows May Have Given Modern Humans an Evolutionary Edge," 10 Apr. 2018 For cancer research, this meant a stable breeding strain by which to study the biological and genetic nature of cancer in mice inbred with cancerous tumors—a realization that has defined mouse model research to this day. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "The History of Breeding Mice for Science Begins With a Woman in a Barn," 20 Mar. 2018 Decimated by inbreeding, the spotted wildcat’s future depends very much on mingling with its Mexican cousins. Jeremy Schwartz, ajc, "Trump's border wall threatens endangered Texas ocelot," 31 Mar. 2018 There is evidence that when breeders select for white lions—a practice that almost always necessitates inbreeding—the animals will eventually start to show defects. National Geographic, "Rare White Lion Cub Seen in South Africa," 27 Mar. 2018 Researchers hypothesized reasons for this selection ranging from the prevention of inbreeding to promoting offspring with greater diversity of dominant and recessive genes. Jackie Mansky, Smithsonian, "The Dubious Science of Genetics-Based Dating," 15 Feb. 2018 The fear is the lions could eventually go extinct from inbreeding. sacbee, "California voters banned mountain lion hunting three decades ago, but the shooting never stopped," 3 Nov. 2017 Age, inbreeding, environment or diet might explain their new look. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "A Stick Insect. A Tree Lobster. Whatever You Call It, It’s Not Extinct.," 6 Oct. 2017 One theory that’s been around since the 1980s is that low genetic diversity of the cheetah increased their vulnerability to disease because of inbreeding depression. Adrian Tordiffe, Smithsonian, "How to Help Cheetahs Live Longer in Captivity," 24 July 2017

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First Known Use of inbreed

1599, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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inbreed

verb
in·​breed | \ˈin-ˈbrēd \
inbred\-​ˈbred \; inbreeding

Kids Definition of inbreed

: to breed with closely related individuals

inbreed

verb
in·​breed | \ˈin-ˈbrēd \
inbred\-​ˈbred \; inbreeding

Medical Definition of inbreed 

transitive verb

: to subject to inbreeding

intransitive verb

: to engage in inbreeding

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