subpopulation

noun
sub·​pop·​u·​la·​tion | \ ˈsəb-ˌpä-pyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce subpopulation (audio) \

Definition of subpopulation

: an identifiable fraction or subdivision of a population

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The Trump Administration will interpret this in more rational ways, versus Obama guidance that applied the standards down to how plans would affect subpopulations in the state. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Health-Care Progress," 4 Nov. 2018 Subgroups, or subpopulations, are broken down by race/ethnicity, gender, disability status, English learner status, and poverty status. Trisha Powell Crain, AL.com, "An 'A,' an 'F' or something else: What grade will your local school get on Thursday?," 30 Jan. 2018 Amid the destruction of species across much of Africa, some subpopulations have nevertheless thrived in certain areas. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "A 21st-century Noah’s ark transports animals back to places where they’ve been wiped out.," 18 May 2018 Of the 19 polar bear subpopulations in the Arctic Circle, three have shown substantial declines, including bears in the South Beaufort Sea off Alaska's coast and in West Hudson Bay in Canada. Author: Erica Goode, Anchorage Daily News, "Climate skeptics say polar bears are fine. Scientists beg to differ.," 10 Apr. 2018 Of the 19 polar bear subpopulations in the Arctic Circle, three have shown substantial declines, including bears in the South Beaufort Sea off Alaska’s coast and in West Hudson Bay in Canada. Erica Goode, New York Times, "Climate Change Denialists Say Polar Bears Are Fine. Scientists Are Pushing Back.," 10 Apr. 2018 Although the general population is not listed as threatened or endangered, the birds’ non-migratory subpopulations in Mississippi and Cuba are endangered. National Geographic, "This Is What One of the Last Great Migrations Looks Like," 17 Apr. 2018 One subpopulation has increased in numbers, and scientists know little or nothing about nine of the others, which are either in Russian territory or in locations so remote that resources are not available for surveys. Author: Erica Goode, Anchorage Daily News, "Climate skeptics say polar bears are fine. Scientists beg to differ.," 10 Apr. 2018 The three migrated about 150 miles to the Swedish subpopulation. Steph Yin, New York Times, "Arctic Foxes on a Swedish Mountain Turned ‘Blue.’ It Was a Good Thing.," 28 Mar. 2018

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subpopulation

noun
sub·​pop·​u·​la·​tion | \ ˈsəb-ˌpäp-yə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce subpopulation (audio) \

Medical Definition of subpopulation

: an identifiable fraction or subdivision of a population

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