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
Recent Examples on the Web Eventually its worst sufferer was Don Carlos, the couple’s deformed and mentally delusional great-grandchild, in whom ancestral inbreedings echoed. The Economist, "A breed apart The Habsburgs’ marriages consolidated lands as well as faulty genes," 28 May 2020 Some zoos have been known to cull healthy animals to prevent inbreeding, and nature preserves occasionally have open hunting season to thin herds. BostonGlobe.com, "High turnout in South Korean election despite virus fears," 15 Apr. 2020 The Carolina parakeet specimen showed no signs of inbreeding. National Geographic, "How humans killed off the only parrot native to the continental U.S.," 12 Dec. 2019 Some zoos have been known to cull healthy animals to prevent inbreeding, and nature preserves occasionally have open hunting season to thin herds. BostonGlobe.com, "High turnout in South Korean election despite virus fears," 15 Apr. 2020 Some zoos have been known to cull healthy animals to prevent inbreeding, and nature preserves occasionally have open hunting season to thin herds. New York Times, "Zoo May Feed Animals to Animals as Funds Dry Up in Pandemic," 11 Apr. 2020 More allegations came out claiming many of his animals were deformed due to inbreeding and not giving the moms enough healthy food while pregnant. Gina Vaynshteyn, refinery29.com, "Your Guide To Netflix’s Absolutely Wild New Docu-Series The Tiger King," 24 Mar. 2020 Des Esseintes is a dandy and aesthete, sickly from too much inbreeding, the last of his line, with strange and corrupting tastes, a love of apparel, jewellery, scents, rare books and fine bindings. New York Times, "‘The Man in the Red Coat,’ by Julian Barnes: An Excerpt," 18 Feb. 2020 Additionally, English bulldogs have developed myriad health conditions due to inbreeding — including breathing difficulties, hip dysplasia and heart disorders — which can be exacerbated by travel and going to games. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, ""He looks miserable!": PETA urges University of Georgia to retire Uga, the school's mascot," 26 Nov. 2019

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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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13 Jun 2020

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“Inbreeding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inbreeding. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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inbreeding

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English Language Learners Definition of inbreeding

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

inbreeding

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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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