inbreeding

noun
in·​breed·​ing | \ ˈin-ˈbrē-diŋ How to pronounce inbreeding (audio) \

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

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His decline demonstrates one problem with all this inbreeding. Maureen O’hagan, Quartz, "The way we breed cows is setting them up for extinction," 24 June 2019 His decline demonstrates one problem with all this inbreeding. Maureen O’hagan, Quartz, "The way we breed cows is setting them up for extinction," 24 June 2019 His decline demonstrates one problem with all this inbreeding. Maureen O'hagan, Scientific American, "From Two Bulls, Nine Million Dairy Cows," 20 June 2019 Not only are there fewer calves in recent years, but signs of inbreeding also point to a weakening population. New York Times, "Orcas of the Pacific Northwest Are Starving and Disappearing," 9 July 2018 For instance, scientists can now exchange oryx sperm overseas to avoid the consequences of inbreeding within zoo populations, and employ the option of preemptively inseminating females before their release into the wild. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "New Artificial Insemination Technique Successfully Breeds Critically Endangered Scimitar-Horned Oryx," 10 July 2018 Scientists said the information could help explain, for example, whether internal factors such as inbreeding or genetic variation in immune systems are preventing the whales from rebounding. Phuong Le, The Seattle Times, "Scientists to sequence genes of struggling southern-resident orca whales," 5 Oct. 2018 After continuous observation for months, only the most sociable were selected for the next generation, with the researchers taking care to avoid inbreeding. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Friendly fox genomes help us understand the genetics of behavior," 11 Aug. 2018 Due to the smaller gene pool, such inbreeding typically leads to higher rates of recessive disorders, translating into higher death rates and poorer overall health. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "Northern white rhino could be saved from extinction using embryos," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of inbreeding

circa 1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of inbreeding was circa 1842

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inbreeding

noun

English Language Learners Definition of inbreeding

: a process by which animals, plants, or people are born from or produced by closely related parents

inbreeding

noun
in·​breed·​ing | \ ˈin-ˈbrēd-iŋ How to pronounce inbreeding (audio) \

Medical Definition of inbreeding

: the interbreeding of closely related individuals especially to preserve and fix desirable characters of and to eliminate unfavorable characters from a stock — compare linebreeding, outbreeding

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