pan·​mix·​ia ˌpan-ˈmik-sē-ə How to pronounce panmixia (audio)
: random mating within a breeding population

Examples of panmixia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scientists call it panmixia. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, 6 Sep. 2017 This is entirely in keeping with the dominant ethos of the global elite, which aims for a panmixia of genes in concert with an alignment of a particular set of cosmopolitan post-materialist memes. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 7 July 2011 Of course panmixia has to be conditioned on the fact that the vast majority of Han Chinese are stilling reproducing with other Han Chinese, and so forth. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 8 Apr. 2011

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Word History


New Latin, from pan- + Greek mixis act of mingling, mating, from mignynai to mix — more at mix

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of panmixia was in 1889

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Cite this Entry

“Panmixia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


pan·​mix·​ia -ˈmik-sē-ə How to pronounce panmixia (audio)
variants also panmixy
plural panmixias also panmixies
: random mating within a breeding population
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