inbreeding

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noun in·breed·ing \ˈin-ˈbrē-diŋ\

Definition of inbreeding

  1. 1 :  the interbreeding of closely related individuals especially to preserve and fix desirable characters of and to eliminate unfavorable characters from a stock

  2. 2 :  confinement to a narrow range or a local or limited field of choice

Examples of inbreeding in a Sentence

  1. genetic defects caused by inbreeding

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First Known Use of inbreeding

circa 1842


INBREEDING Defined for English Language Learners

inbreeding

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Definition of inbreeding for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

inbreeding

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noun in·breed·ing \ˈin-ˈbrēd-iŋ\

Medical 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—compare linebreeding, outbreeding



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