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1. Anthropology The custom of marrying within a particular social or cultural group in accordance with custom or law.
2. Biology Reproduction by the fusion of gametes of similar ancestry, as in self-pollination or inbreeding.

en·dog′a·mous adj.


1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) anthropol marriage within one's own tribe or similar unit. Compare exogamy1
2. (Botany) pollination between two flowers on the same plant
enˈdogamous, endogamic adj


(ɛnˈdɒg ə mi)

marriage within a specific tribe or similar social unit. Compare exogamy (def. 1).
en•dog′a•mous, en•do•gam•ic (ˌɛn doʊˈgæm ɪk) adj.


the custom of marrying only within one’s tribe or similar social unit. — endogamic, endogamous, adj.
See also: Marriage
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.endogamy - marriage within one's own tribe or group as required by custom or law
marriage, matrimony, spousal relationship, wedlock, union - the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce); "a long and happy marriage"; "God bless this union"
exogamy, intermarriage - marriage to a person belonging to a tribe or group other than your own as required by custom or law
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As well, the assertion of previous American Jewish "truths," such as the Tightness of Jewish endogamy and the wrongness of intermarriage, which served as the watchword of organized American Jewry across its denominational spectrum for nearly the entire span of American Jewish history, is now under serious challenge.
This method is a recognized way of decreasing disease burden of AR diseases in societies that practice endogamy.
Summary: Medical predispositions among the sub populations across South Asia are being researched to understand the results of endogamy
1] In diploid species, heterozygosis is expected to be reduced to half every self-fertilization generation due to endogamy (WRIGHT, 1950).
New evidence now emerging in the form of population analyses of extant and relic genomes (3) will reveal dynamics of collisions between human populations and likewise their divisions, and the dynamics of purifying selection through millennia of endogamy enforced by belief or geography (4).
Endogamy and Librarianship and Information Science.
Because of their devotion to rurality and endogamy, and their relatively limited social and geographical mobility, Old Order Mennonites and Amish have maintained a language that, for all practical purposes, has disappeared among other twenty-first-century Americans.
criteria of intertemporal choice, institutional endogamy and mutual choice by productivity, were also analyzed.
One of those customs and traditions is endogamy, which is the practice of marrying within the family through cousins, which often contributes to disabilities in children.
First demonstrating the ways Victorian anthropology and fiction propounded antithetical positions regarding exogamy and endogamy, Schaffer then analyzes Mansfield Park, Heartsease, and--stunningly--Wuthering Heights against the landscape of evolving views on marriage perpetuated by anthropologists (as well as by Freud) to recuperate our ability to understand cousin marriages not as "sexually diseased or politically retrograde" but as many Victorians did: as productively modeled on sibling love and capable of fortifying the family (148).