outbreeding

[ outbrē′dĭng ]

The mating or breeding of distantly related or unrelated individuals. Outbreeding often produces offspring of superior quality because it increases homozygosity (the occurrence of two alleles for the same trait at corresponding positions on homologous chromosomes), thereby sharply reducing the risk of deleterious recessive genes being expressed. Crossbreeding is the most common form of outbreeding.

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Example sentences from the Web for outbreeding

  • Outbreeding (unless too far out) develops vigor at the expense of the characteristic traits.

    Folkways|William Graham Sumner
  • If so, there would be a school in which the advantages of outbreeding would appear as a fact, although not explained.

    Folkways|William Graham Sumner