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 Data collected by the citizen survey in Anza-Borrego park monitors a subpopulation of the entire range, which stretches from the Mexico border to Palm Springs. Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 May 2022 Another major subpopulation of neurons, known to induce resilience to chronic stress, were less affected. Gabriel A. Silva, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021 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, 8 Dec. 2020 There are thought to be about 900 animals in the subpopulation. Henry Fountain New York Times, Star Tribune, 8 Dec. 2020 The subpopulation of bears in the area is already among the most threatened of any in the world. New York Times, 16 Nov. 2020 This subpopulation of coronavirus-positive people are called asymptomatic spreaders. Popular Science, 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, 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, 22 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of subpopulation

1847, in the meaning defined above

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“Subpopulation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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