- 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 the appearance of recessive traits.
Origin of inbreeding
- to breed (individuals of a closely related group) repeatedly.
- to breed within; engender.
- to engage in or undergo inbreeding.
Origin of inbreed
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Examples from the Web for inbreeding
The family also believed that inbreeding was central to both preserving the family fortune and ensuring “purity of blood.”Foxcatcher’s Real-Life Psycho Killer
November 18, 2014
Their excuse for the killing the giraffe was that they were worried about inbreeding.At the Copenhagen Zoo, Humans Can Be Animals
March 28, 2014
Break out the banjos and inbreeding jokes, folks, the Appalachian lounge suit is back.Enough with the Overalls!
April 7, 2010
Inbreeding, caponizing, etc., What to do at different seasons.Apple Growing
M. C. Burritt
It is very probable, but not absolutely certain, that inbreeding is harmful.
The notion of harm in inbreeding has spread all over the earth.
Inbreeding maintains the excellence of a breed at the expense of its vigor.
Inbreeding intensifies and fixes the qualities, be they good or bad.Hints on Dairying
T. D. Curtis
- to breed from unions between closely related individuals, esp over several generations
- (tr) to develop within; engender
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Word Origin and History for inbreeding
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The continued breeding of closely related individuals so as to preserve desirable traits in a stock.
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- The breeding or mating of related individuals within an isolated or closed group of organisms or people. Inbreeding can result in inbreeding depression. However, in agriculture and animal husbandry, the continued breeding of closely related individuals can help to preserve desirable traits in a stock.
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