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pure line

noun, Genetics.
a uniform strain of organisms that is relatively pure genetically because of continued inbreeding and artificial selection.
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1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Thus, it is not difficult to breed to practically a pure-line condition.

    The Tomato Paul Work
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pure line

a breed or strain of animals or plants in which certain characters appear in successive generations as a result of inbreeding or self-fertilization
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