pure line


noun Genetics.

a uniform strain of organisms that is relatively pure genetically because of continued inbreeding and artificial selection.

Origin of pure line

First recorded in 1905–10
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Historical Examples of pure line

  • Thus, it is not difficult to breed to practically a pure-line condition.

    The Tomato

    Paul Work

British Dictionary definitions for pure line

pure line


a breed or strain of animals or plants in which certain characters appear in successive generations as a result of inbreeding or self-fertilization
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