Definition of inbreed in English:



[no object]often as noun inbreeding
  • Breed from closely related people or animals, especially over many generations.

    ‘persistent inbreeding has produced an unusually high frequency of sufferers from this disease’
    ‘if they are allowed to inbreed even further this can eventually spoil the species’
    with object ‘Herbie likes to inbreed his family of pigeons’
    • ‘This was necessary to avoid the closer inbreeding when the breed became endangered.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the best, and indeed the only way to fix a set of alleles within a breed is through inbreeding.’
    • ‘They may also be more susceptible to inbreeding and to genetic defects, say biologists.’
    • ‘This makes it possible to arrange matings by computer in order to minimize problems caused by inbreeding.’
    • ‘Pedigrees help select better parents for breeding and also help monitor inbreeding.’
    • ‘It is feared that such isolation may ultimately lead to inbreeding, gene loss and reduced fitness.’
    • ‘Such packs have little genetic diversity and are vulnerable to inbreeding.’
    • ‘At the same time the population has been isolated and, as a result, weakened by inbreeding.’
    • ‘Asian local native peoples have inbred native dog breeds without any crossbreeding with other dogs to maintain their pedigree and their specific physical characteristics.’
    • ‘Successive generations of foxes often inherit the territory on which they are born, which would tend to promote inbreeding.’
    • ‘Many are in a poor physical state with dull coats and thin manes, suffering from a variety of ailments caused by inbreeding.’
    • ‘Here they fed on bats, took to inbreeding, and hibernated for decades or even centuries at a time.’
    • ‘He delivered a speech about inbreeding and the consequent side effects.’
    • ‘This has already been a problem with Labs, which often suffer arthritic hips due to inbreeding.’
    • ‘With inbreeding among gametes, however, an entirely different picture emerges.’
    • ‘With closer inbreeding, the relatedness of recent ancestors beyond the parents becomes an issue.’
    • ‘We also know that due to inbreeding, there are deformities, both physically and mentally.’
    • ‘However, managers may also control the mating scheme to further decrease inbreeding.’
    • ‘Female hippos, for instance, appear to avoid inbreeding when choosing a mate.’
    • ‘If they did nothing else they devised a marriage system to prevent inbreeding that is unparalleled in the universe.’
    entrenched, established, fixed, implanted, deep-rooted, rooted, deep-seated, settled, firm, unshakeable, ineradicable, driven in
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