continuous variation


noun Biology.

variation in phenotypic traits such as body weight or height in which a series of types are distributed on a continuum rather than grouped into discrete categories.

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Origin of continuous variation

First recorded in 1890–95
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Scientific definitions for continuous variation

continuous variation

Variation within a population in which a graded series of intermediate phenotypes falls between the extremes. Height in human beings, for example, exists in continuous variation.
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