genetic load


noun

the extent to which a population deviates from the theoretically fittest genetic constitution.

Origin of genetic load

First recorded in 1965–70
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Medicine definitions for genetic load

genetic load

n.

The aggregate of deleterious genes that are carried, mostly hidden, in the genome of a population and that may be transmitted to descendants.
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Science definitions for genetic load

genetic load

The aggregate of deleterious genes that are carried, mostly hidden, in the genome of a population and may be transmitted to descendants. Inbreeding usually causes an increase in genetic load.
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