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artificial selection

a process in the breeding of animals and in the cultivation of plants by which the breeder chooses to perpetuate only those forms having certain desirable inheritable characteristics. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This is the process of artificial selection as carried on by man.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • If art by artificial selection, why not Nature by natural selection?

    Evolution Joseph Le Conte
  • artificial selection begins with the domestication of animals.

    The Arena Various
  • Moreover, their stock was actually strengthened by artificial selection.

    The Color Line William Benjamin Smith
  • Thus, by a simple method of artificial selection, the silkworm industry has been rescued from what threatened to be a collapse.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • But this would mean a return to artificial selection in its most primitive and sanguinary form.

    Anarchism E. V. Zenker
  • To artificial selection we chiefly owe all the many races or varieties of our domesticated animals and plants.

  • A similar explanation of types may be given regarding animals modified by artificial selection.

    On the Ethics of Naturalism William Ritchie Sorley
  • But as artificial selection has lengthened the wings in some instances, why may it not have shortened them in others?

  • artificial selection appears to enlarge or diminish used parts or disused parts with equal facility.

artificial selection in Medicine

artificial selection n.
Human intervention in animal or plant reproduction to ensure certain characteristics are represented in successive generations.

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artificial selection in Science
artificial selection  
Modification of a species by human intervention so that certain desirable traits are represented in successive generations. The different breeds of domestic dogs and the large ears of maize corn are products of artificial selection. Compare natural selection.
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artificial selection in Culture

artificial selection definition

The breeding of plants and animals to produce desirable traits. Organisms with the desired traits, such as size or taste, are artificially mated or cross-pollinated with organisms with similar desired traits. (Compare natural selection.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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