noun Animal Behavior.
random mating of individuals within a population, the breeding individuals showing no tendency to choose partners with particular traits.
Also pan·mix·is [pan-mik-sis] /pænˈmɪk sɪs/
Origin of panmixia
1885–90; pan-Related formspan·mic·tic [pan-mik-tik] /pænˈmɪk tɪk/, adjective
+ Greek míx(is
) mingling, mixing (m(e)ig(nýnai
) to mix + -sis -sis
) + -ia
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for panmixia
Historical Examples of panmixia
Chologaster is in a stage of panmixia as far as the eye is concerned.
Panmixia, Romanes thinks, may have helped to discharge the color.
It seems that all the admitted objections to degeneration by panmixia apply with equal402 force to germinal selection.
The results in Chologaster are due to panmixia and the limited degree of use to which the eye is put.
Panmixia might in such instances lower the general average to what has been termed the birth mean.
British Dictionary definitions for panmixia
Derived Formspanmictic (pænˈmiktik), adjective
(in population genetics) random mating within an interbreeding population
Word Origin for panmixia
C20: from New Latin, from Greek pan- + mixis act of mating
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Random mating within a breeding population.
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