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intergradation

[in-ter-grey-dey-shuh n] /ˌɪn tər greɪˈdeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of intergrading or the state of being intergraded.
2.
an evolutionary process by which different species of organisms tend to merge through a series of intermediate stages or grades.
Origin of intergradation
1870-1875
1870-75; inter- + gradation
Related forms
intergradational, adjective
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