Definition of genetic load in English:

genetic load

Line breaks: gen|et¦ic load

noun

[mass noun] Biology
The presence of unfavourable genetic material in the genes of a population.
More example sentences
  • Once this mating type dominates a population, it is very unlikely to break down even when the population becomes small because of the high genetic load it implies.
  • In a large out-breeding population, genetic load will be maximised but because of the out-breeding pattern, the number of reproductively detective offspring will be low.
  • Using interval mapping to dissect genetic load, research showed a prevalence of semilethal rather than lethal factors in two conifers.

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