genetic load

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genetic load

n.
1. The relative difference between the theoretically most fit genotype within a population and the average genotype.
2. The aggregate of deleterious genes that are carried, mostly hidden, in the genomes of a population and may be transmitted to descendants.

genet′ic load′


n.
the extent to which a population deviates from the theoretically fittest genetic constitution.
[1965–70]
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