kin selection


noun Biology.

a form of natural selection that favors altruistic behavior toward close relatives resulting in an increase in the altruistic individual's genetic contribution to the next generation.

Nearby words

  1. kimchi,
  2. kimmelstiel-wilson disease,
  3. kimmer,
  4. kimono,
  5. kin,
  6. kin-,
  7. kina,
  8. kinabalu,
  9. kinaesthesia,
  10. kinanesthesia

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British Dictionary definitions for kin selection

kin selection

noun

biology natural selection resulting from altruistic behaviour by animals towards members of the same species, esp their offspring or other relatives
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