population explosion


: a pyramiding of numbers of a biological population
especially : the recent great increase in human numbers resulting from increased survival and exponential population growth

Examples of population explosion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That bottleneck and population explosion is also recorded in the DNA, his team found [Science News]. Andrew Moseman, Discover Magazine, 5 June 2010 The Roman Catholic Church is responsible for the population explosion. Joel E Cohen, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 Their absence disrupted predator-and-prey relationships throughout the nation and resulted in a population explosion of deer and elk. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2023 Ray Lang, Amtrak’s senior director for national state relations, said in a presentation last September that the rail operator's network has not grown along with the population explosion in certain parts the country, including the famed Texas triangle, which includes the state's major cities. Peter Rasmussen, San Antonio Express-News, 1 Apr. 2021 These granaries led to rodent population explosions. Jonathan Losos, Discover Magazine, 10 Aug. 2023 Angle said that 67 House seats that Democrats control should be left under the control of minority voters, and that since the Texas population explosion has been sparked by minority residents, the congressional districts controlled by minority voters should rise from 13 to 15 seats. Dallas News, 18 Sep. 2021 When Will the Spongy Moth Outbreak Be Over? Generally, population explosions of these moths occur cyclically and eventually collapse due to natural predators such as mice or specialized wasps, or two naturally occurring diseases, a virus known as NPV and a fungus. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 14 June 2023 Fast-forward to the 21st century, and a population explosion in the region with three of the largest cities in the country that rely on the Colorado River -- Phoenix, San Diego and Los Angeles -- has grown that number to more than 40 million, Eberle said. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 19 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of population explosion was in 1903

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“Population explosion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/population%20explosion. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

population explosion

: a pyramiding of numbers of a biological population
especially : the recent great increase in human numbers resulting from both increased survival and exponential population growth

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