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genetic load

noun
1.
the extent to which a population deviates from the theoretically fittest genetic constitution.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70
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Examples from the web for genetic load
  • In the proximate sense this purging of the genetic load occurs through human misery.
  • Segregation distortion as related to genetic load is being studied within and among crossable species.
genetic load in Medicine

genetic load n.
The aggregate of deleterious genes that are carried, mostly hidden, in the genome of a population and that may be transmitted to descendants.

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genetic load in Science
genetic load  
The aggregate of deleterious genes that are carried, mostly hidden, in the genome of a population and may be transmitted to descendants. Inbreeding usually causes an increase in genetic load.
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