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

Examples of subpopulation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With climate change reducing the extent of sea ice, their main habitat, the subpopulation in the southern Beaufort Sea declined by about 40% from 2001 to 2010. Henry Fountain New York Times, Star Tribune, "Arctic survey won't hurt polar bears, government says," 8 Dec. 2020 There are thought to be about 900 animals in the subpopulation. Henry Fountain New York Times, Star Tribune, "Arctic survey won't hurt polar bears, government says," 8 Dec. 2020 The subpopulation of bears in the area is already among the most threatened of any in the world. New York Times, "Trump Administration, in Late Push, Moves to Sell Oil Rights in Arctic Refuge," 16 Nov. 2020 This subpopulation of coronavirus-positive people are called asymptomatic spreaders. Popular Science, "Nearly 100,000 U.S. kids tested positive for COVID-19 in the second half of July," 10 Aug. 2020 However, the World Wildlife Fund notes that many subpopulations of leatherback turtles, such as in the Pacific and Southwest Atlantic, are critically endangered. Fox News, "Vulnerable sea turtles flourishing during coronavirus restrictions in Florida," 23 Apr. 2020 Colorado has been tackling its suicide problem through innovative programs, private-public partnerships, and a comprehensive approach with attention to the various at-risk subpopulations. Emmy Betz, STAT, "Covid-19 and suicide: an uncertain connection," 22 Apr. 2020 Are different subpopulations appropriately represented? Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "How businesses are preparing for the next pandemic," 31 Mar. 2020 The Arctic refuge is an important denning area for the Southern Beaufort Sea subpopulation of polar bears, one of the most threatened in the world. Henry Fountain, New York Times, "Oil Industry Tool to Spare Polar Bears Is More Miss Than Hit," 27 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of subpopulation

1847, in the meaning defined above

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“Subpopulation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subpopulation. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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