microevolution mi·cro·ev·o·lu·tion (mī'krō-ěv'ə-l&oomacr;'shən, -ē'və-)
evolution resulting from a succession of relatively small genetic variations that often cause the formation of new subspecies.
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|microevolution (mī'krō-ěv'ə-l'shən) Pronunciation Key
Evolutionary change below the level of the species, resulting from relatively small genetic variations. Microevolution produces new strains of microorganisms, for example, or the rise of a new subspecies. The accumulation of many microevolutionary changes results in macroevolution.