continuous variation

noun Biology.
variation in phenotypic traits such as body weight or height in which a series of types are distributed on a continuum rather than grouped into discrete categories. Compare discontinuous variation.
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continuous variation  
Variation within a population in which a graded series of intermediate phenotypes falls between the extremes. Height in human beings, for example, exists in continuous variation.
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Chemical bonding is a continuous variation from one extreme to the other.
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