[ al-uh-pa-trik ]

adjectiveBiology, Ecology.
  1. 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, adverb
  • al·lop·a·try [uh-lop-uh-tree], /əˈlɒp ə tri/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for allopatric


/ (ˌæləˈpætrɪk) /

  1. (of biological speciation or species) taking place or existing in areas that are geographically separated from one another: Compare sympatric

Origin of allopatric

C20: from allo- + -patric, from Greek patris native land

Derived forms of allopatric

  • allopatrically, adverb

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Scientific definitions for allopatric


[ ăl′ə-pătrĭk ]

  1. 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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