pan·​mic·​tic ˌpan-ˈmik-tik How to pronounce panmictic (audio)
: of, relating to, or exhibiting panmixia

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In a panmictic hybrid population LD will decay due to recombination, which breaks apart the distinctive allelic associations inherited from the parental populations. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 23 Nov. 2010 Overall estimates of genetic diversity and differentiation among populations confirm the biogeographic hypothesis that large panmictic oceanic populations have repeatedly given rise to phenotypically divergent freshwater populations. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 1 Mar. 2010

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Word History


pan- + Greek miktos, verbal of mignynai to mix

First Known Use

1933, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of panmictic was in 1933

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“Panmictic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Medical Definition


pan·​mic·​tic (ˈ)pan-ˈmik-tik How to pronounce panmictic (audio)
: of, relating to, or exhibiting panmixia
a panmictic population
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