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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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.endogamous - characterized by or fit for fertilization by pollen from another flower of the same kind
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
autogamic, autogamous - characterized by or fit for autogamy
exogamic, exogamous - characterized by or fit for fertilization by a flower that is not closely related
2.endogamous - pertaining to or characterized by the custom of marrying only within the limits of a clan or tribe
anthropology - the social science that studies the origins and social relationships of human beings
exogamic, exogamous - pertaining to or characterized by the custom of marrying only outside the limits of a clan or tribe
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Everything depends on the marriage regime (whether or not it is a great marriage) and whether it is endogamous to the family or the city.
A study of diabetes complications in an endogamous population: An emerging public health burden.
Interaction between diabetes mellitus and hypertension on risk of hearing loss in highly endogamous population.
Using 109 interviews from two sites, Kansas and California, Vasquez-Tokos explores both exogamous and endogamous marriages among Latinos, a term the author uses as a racial rather than an ethnic designation (p.
Endogamous marriages are an anachronism in an age defined by individual merit, openness and freedom of movement.
I was reading the May 14 commencement speech given by the celebrated author Michael Chabon at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, during which he gored two of the American Jewish community's most sacred cows: uncritical support for Israel and promotion of endogamous marriage (Jews marrying Jews).
Their isolation has kept them both intact and endogamous. They do not marry out, and within this last stronghold they faithfully preserve the complex web of stories, myths and beliefs that together preserve all that has been salvaged from arguably the most ancient of all south-Asian religions, one that may have already been old when the horse-riding nomads who composed the Rig
An entire community survived in secrecy by maintaining a tradition of endogamous marriage and hiding all external signs of their faith.
Labelled as India's poorest people, the Musahars consist of three sub-clans - Turkahia, Sakatiya and the Bhagat and they all are endogamous and don't marry outside their community.
Al-Dabbagh, "Is high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency evidence for autism disorder?: in a highly endogamous population," Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences, vol.
Norris replies to both the "stated" and "unstated" objections that Sir Thomas has to the adoption of Fanny Price, attempting to assuage both the speakable and unspeakable concerns surrounding the potential for endogamous marriage between Fanny and one of her relatives.
In an endogamous group, however, it's more likely that two individuals carry the same mutation from a common founder.