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inbreeding

[ in-bree-ding ]
/ ˈɪnˌbri dɪŋ /
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noun Biology.
the mating of closely related individuals, as cousins, sire-daughter, brother-sister, or self-fertilized plants, which tends to increase the number of individuals that are homozygous for a trait and therefore increases the appearance of recessive traits.
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Origin of inbreeding

First recorded in 1835–45; inbreed + -ing1
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Scientific definitions for inbreeding

inbreeding
[ ĭnbrē′dĭng ]

The breeding or mating of related individuals within an isolated or closed group of organisms or people. Inbreeding can result in inbreeding depression. However, in agriculture and animal husbandry, the continued breeding of closely related individuals can help to preserve desirable traits in a stock.
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