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[al-uh-pa-trik] /ˌæl əˈpæ trɪk/
adjective, Biology, Ecology
originating in or occupying different geographical areas.
Origin of allopatric
1940-45; allo- + Greek patr(ía) fatherland (patḗr father + -ia noun suffix) + -ic
Related forms
allopatrically, adverb
[uh-lop-uh-tree] /əˈlɒp ə tri/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for allopatric
  • As in allopatric speciation, physical barriers make it impossible for members of the groups to interbreed with one another.
  • In addition, there was no significant a increase in aggression towards a cowbird model between the sympatric and allopatric sites.
British Dictionary definitions for allopatric


(of biological speciation or species) taking place or existing in areas that are geographically separated from one another Compare sympatric
Derived Forms
allopatrically, adverb
Word Origin
C20: from allo- + -patric, from Greek patris native land
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allopatric in Science
Occurring in separate, nonoverlapping geographic areas. Allopatric populations of related organisms are unable to interbreed because of geographic separation. ◇ The development of new species as a result of the geographic separation of populations is called allopatric speciation. Compare sympatric.
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