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assortative mating

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noun Animal Behavior, Psychology.

the reproductive pairing of individuals that have more traits in common than would likely be the case if mating were random (contrasted with disassortative mating).

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Origin of assortative mating

First recorded in 1895–1900
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Medical definitions for assortative mating

assortative mating
[ ə-sôrtə-tĭv ]

n.

Nonrandom mating in which individuals mate preferentially according to phenotype.
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