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noun
the branch of genetics concerned with the hereditary makeup of populations.
the study of changes in gene frequencies in population of organisms and the effects of such changes on evolution and adaptation.
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Also called quantitative genetics.

Origin of population genetics

First recorded in 1945–50
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Scientific definitions for population genetics

population genetics

The scientific study of the inheritance and prevalence of genes in populations, usually using statistical analysis.
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Cultural definitions for population genetics

population genetics

The study of the genetic composition of populations in order to understand the evolutionary forces that select for a particular gene.

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