Dictionary.com

assortative mating

Save This Word!

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).
QUIZ
QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!
Apostrophes can be tricky; prove you know the difference between "it’s" and "its" in this crafty quiz!
Question 1 of 8
On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.
Compare panmixia.

Origin of assortative mating

First recorded in 1895–1900

Words nearby assortative mating

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use assortative mating in a sentence

Medical definitions for assortative mating

assortative mating
[ ə-sôrtə-tĭv ]

n.
Nonrandom mating in which individuals mate preferentially according to phenotype.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
FEEDBACK