Definition of inbreeding
1 : the interbreeding of closely related individuals especially to preserve and fix desirable characters of and to eliminate unfavorable characters from a stock
2 : confinement to a narrow range or a local or limited field of choice
Examples of inbreeding in a Sentence
genetic defects caused by inbreeding
Recent Examples of inbreeding from the Web
But madness of that sort was far from uncommon in Europe's royal families, not least because of the inbreeding favored by their convention that members of a royal family could not marry beneath their station.
Inbreeding caused by the severe population bottleneck is also causing genetic defects.
The agency decided to release them anyway, citing an urgent need to expand the wild population to prevent inbreeding.
Wolf numbers have crashed from 24 in 2009 to just the pair — a 7-year-old female and 9-year-old male — as inbreeding spurred genetic defects that have crippled the wolves’ ability to survive and reproduce.
This is what nearly happened to the Florida panthers, in the mid-nineties, when intensive inbreeding caused physical changes that hindered reproduction.
Inbreeding may have caused this deformity and even prevented him from producing an heir with his wife, who was probably his half sister.
Many studies have posited a Neanderthal-human inbreeding.
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INBREEDING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inbreeding for English Language Learners
: a process by which animals, plants, or people are born from or produced by closely related parents
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