allopatric

[ 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

OTHER WORDS FROM allopatric

al·lo·pat·ri·cal·ly, adverbal·lop·a·try [uh-lop-uh-tree] /əˈlɒp ə tri/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for allopatric

allopatric
/ (ˌæləˈpætrɪk) /

adjective

(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

allopatric
[ ăl′ə-pătrĭk ]

Ecology

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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