[ al-uh-pa-trik ]
/ ˌæl əˈpæ trɪk /

adjective Biology, Ecology.

originating in or occupying different geographical areas.

Origin of allopatric

1940–45; allo- + Greek patr(ía) fatherland (patḗr father + -ia noun suffix) + -ic


al·lo·pat·ri·cal·ly, adverbal·lop·a·try [uh-lop-uh-tree] /əˈlɒp ə tri/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for allopatric

/ (ˌæləˈpætrɪk) /


(of biological speciation or species) taking place or existing in areas that are geographically separated from one anotherCompare sympatric

Derived forms of allopatric

allopatrically, adverb

Word Origin for allopatric

C20: from allo- + -patric, from Greek patris native land
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Science definitions for allopatric

[ ăl′ə-pătrĭk ]


Occurring in separate, nonoverlapping geographic areas. Allopatric populations of related organisms are unable to interbreed because of geographic separation.♦ The development of new species as a result of the geographic separation of populations is called allopatric speciation. Compare sympatric.
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