disassortative mating

disassortative mating

[dis-uh-sawr-tuh-tiv]
noun Animal Behavior, Psychology.
the reproductive pairing of individuals that have traits more dissimilar than would likely be the case if mating were random (contrasted with assortative mating ).
Compare panmixia.


Origin:
dis-1 + assort + -ative

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disassortative mating

noun
mating of individuals having traits more dissimilar than likely in random mating [ant: assortative mating
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