Definition of linkage disequilibrium in English:

linkage disequilibrium


  • [mass noun] The occurrence in members of a population of combinations of linked genes in non-random proportions.

    • ‘It is known that epistatic selection may produce significant linkage disequilibrium in natural populations.’
    • ‘In Fig 1C, it is shown that gene conversion generates positive linkage disequilibrium.’
    • ‘Last, we discuss how to estimate and interpret estimates of genetic effects in a population with loci in linkage disequilibrium.’
    • ‘Upon population admixture, long-distance linkage disequilibrium is expected, which decays as time goes on.’
    • ‘This expression is general and independent from models that introduce linkage disequilibrium into a population.’