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population genetics

noun
1.
the branch of genetics concerned with the hereditary makeup of populations.
2.
the study of changes in gene frequencies in population of organisms and the effects of such changes on evolution and adaptation.
Also called quantitative genetics.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
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population genetics in Medicine

population genetics n.
The branch of genetics that deals with the genetic makeup of populations.

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population genetics in Science
population genetics  
The scientific study of the inheritance and prevalence of genes in populations, usually using statistical analysis.
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population genetics in Culture

population genetics definition


The study of the genetic composition of populations in order to understand the evolutionary forces that select for a particular gene.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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