inbreeding
noun Date: circa 1842 1. the interbreeding of closely related individuals especially to preserve and fix desirable characters of and to eliminate unfavorable characters from a stock 2. confinement to a narrow range or a local or limited field of choice

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  • Inbreeding — is breeding between close relatives, whether plant or animal. If practiced repeatedly, it leads to an increase in homozygosity of a population. A higher frequency of recessive, deleterious traits in homozygous form in a population can, over time …   Wikipedia

  • inbreeding — [ BRÍ ] s. n. (biol.) încrucişare selectivă între indivizi înrudiţi genetic; consangvinizare. (< engl. inbreeding) Trimis de raduborza, 17.03.2009. Sursa: MDN …   Dicționar Român

  • inbreeding — inbreeding. См. инцухт. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • inbreeding — (n.) c.1842, from IN (Cf. in) + BREEDING (Cf. breeding) …   Etymology dictionary

  • inbreeding — /in bree ding/, n. Biol. the mating of closely related individuals, as cousins, sire daughter, brother sister, or self fertilized plants, which tends to increase the number of individuals that are homozygous for a trait and therefore increases… …   Universalium

  • inbreeding — [[t]ɪ̱nbriːdɪŋ[/t]] N UNCOUNT Inbreeding is the repeated breeding of closely related animals or people. In the 19th century, inbreeding nearly led to the extinction of the royal family …   English dictionary

  • inbreeding — /ˈɪnbridɪŋ/ (say inbreeding) noun the mating of related individuals such as cousins, sire daughter, brother sister, or self fertilised plants. Inbreeding automatically fixes the genes, producing a homozygote …   Australian English dictionary

  • Inbreeding — Inbreed In*breed , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inbred}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inbreeding}.] [Cf. {Imbreed}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To produce or generate within. Bp. Reynolds. [1913 Webster] To inbreed and cherish . . . the seeds of virtue. Milton. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Inbreeding — The mating of two closely related persons. Also called consanguinity. * * * 1. Mating between organisms that are genetically more closely related than organisms selected at random from the population. 2. A practice of mating animals that are… …   Medical dictionary

  • inbreeding — in|breed|ing [ˈınbri:dıŋ] n [U] when children, animals, or plants are produced from closely related members of the same family ▪ He was born with a rare bone disease, probably the result of aristocratic inbreeding …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • inbreeding — n. the production of offspring by parents who are closely related; for example, who are first cousins or siblings. The amount of inbreeding in a population is largely controlled by culture and tradition. Compare: outbreeding …   The new mediacal dictionary

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