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