inbreeding: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (in'brē"ding), [key]
— n. Biol.
- the mating of closely related individuals, as cousins, sire-daughter, brother-sister, or self-fertilized plants, which tends to increase the number of individuals that are homozygous for a trait and therefore increases the appearance of recessive traits.
- inbreeding (Thesaurus)