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assortative mating

noun, Animal Behavior, Psychology
1.
the reproductive pairing of individuals that have more traits in common than would likely be the case if mating were random (contrasted with disassortative mating).
Compare panmixia.
Origin of assortative mating
1895-1900
1895-1900
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  • If other traits are measured, assortative mating will again be found.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • It presupposes no assortative mating, no inbreeding and no selection.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • In this case, the mathematician can give us a coefficient of resemblance, or of assortative mating, which we write as zero.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • But in any case the existence of assortative mating for such traits is significant.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
assortative mating in Medicine

assortative mating as·sor·ta·tive mating (ə-sôr'tə-tĭv)
n.
Nonrandom mating in which individuals mate preferentially according to phenotype.

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