Definition of inbreed in English:

inbreed

verb

[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’
    • ‘With inbreeding among gametes, however, an entirely different picture emerges.’
    • ‘They may also be more susceptible to inbreeding and to genetic defects, say biologists.’
    • ‘Many are in a poor physical state with dull coats and thin manes, suffering from a variety of ailments caused by inbreeding.’
    • ‘With closer inbreeding, the relatedness of recent ancestors beyond the parents becomes an issue.’
    • ‘Successive generations of foxes often inherit the territory on which they are born, which would tend to promote inbreeding.’
    • ‘This makes it possible to arrange matings by computer in order to minimize problems caused by inbreeding.’
    • ‘We also know that due to inbreeding, there are deformities, both physically and mentally.’
    • ‘Here they fed on bats, took to inbreeding, and hibernated for decades or even centuries at a time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Such packs have little genetic diversity and are vulnerable to inbreeding.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the best, and indeed the only way to fix a set of alleles within a breed is through inbreeding.’
    • ‘He delivered a speech about inbreeding and the consequent side effects.’
    • ‘Pedigrees help select better parents for breeding and also help monitor inbreeding.’
    • ‘If they did nothing else they devised a marriage system to prevent inbreeding that is unparalleled in the universe.’
    • ‘This was necessary to avoid the closer inbreeding when the breed became endangered.’
    • ‘It is feared that such isolation may ultimately lead to inbreeding, gene loss and reduced fitness.’
    • ‘Female hippos, for instance, appear to avoid inbreeding when choosing a mate.’
    • ‘However, managers may also control the mating scheme to further decrease inbreeding.’
    • ‘This has already been a problem with Labs, which often suffer arthritic hips due to inbreeding.’
    entrenched, established, fixed, implanted, deep-rooted, rooted, deep-seated, settled, firm, unshakeable, ineradicable, driven in
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Pronunciation

inbreed

/ɪnˈbriːd/