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 In 2013 the Institute of Medicine set out a research agenda to figure out why people buy guns, and what subpopulations own them. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "How to Reduce Gun Violence: Ask Some Scientists," 6 Aug. 2019 Should aducanumab win approval, researchers will be able to evaluate the antiamyloid strategy in a much broader group of patients—and identify subpopulations that are most likely to benefit, Xia says. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "Alzheimer’s drug resurrected, as company claims clinical benefits," 22 Oct. 2019 Writing for Science Trends, Curry explains that previous DNA studies pointed toward the existence of two genetically distinct lion subpopulations in Zambia. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Zambia’s Lions Roam Areas Previously Believed to Be Uninhabitable," 28 Sep. 2019 Initially, scientists thought that persisters might come from a genetically distinctive subpopulation that grew more slowly even before the antibiotic treatments. Quanta Magazine, "Bacterial Clones Show Surprising Individuality," 4 Sep. 2019 The animals have enough space and are not split into unsustainable subpopulations. The Economist, "How to curb the trade in endangered species," 8 Aug. 2019 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,, "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

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First Known Use of subpopulation

1847, in the meaning defined above

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“Subpopulation.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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Medical Definition of subpopulation

: an identifiable fraction or subdivision of a population

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