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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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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
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(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.
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the custom of marrying only within one’s tribe or similar social unit. — endogamic, endogamous, adj.
See also: Marriage
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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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References in periodicals archive ?
(7) This high incidence could be attributed to traditional marriage and cultural practices that encourage consanguineous and other forms of endogamy marriages.
Jewish endogamy is comparable to "a gated community, a restricted country club or a clutch of 800 zealots lodged in illusory safety behind a wall" in segregated Hebron.
It should be noted that a large number of regional journals do not achieve the solidity due to entering the mainstream, due to several factors: lack of periodicity and normalization, sometimes neglecting the relevance of their research, presenting high index of endogamy, not using the English language, the set of authors, the lack of editorial mattress, and finally the lack of institutional budget to support the academic publications (Laufer, 2007, III).
Goldstein's mental image of mitochondria is also predicated on an assumption of Jewish continuity through endogamy. After all, if geneticists were to discover that the mitochondrial DNA of the dancers in Caesarea did not originate in the Levant, then the miraculous return would seem suddenly less miraculous.
During the Davidic monarchy, anyone living in Israel was the king's subject and implicitly part of the nation, but for the Achaemenid emperors of Persia the Israelites were merely an ethnic group, and ethnic groups maintain themselves over time by endogamy. The last chapters of the books of Ezra and Nehemiah are primarily concerned with this issue; Ezra demands that the Israelites divorce their non-Israelite wives (Ezra 10:10-12) while Nehemiah insists on the same rule, and in fact punishes those who resist (Nehemiah 13: 23-25).
According to Schippers, mononormativity perpetuates oppressive or femininities and masculinities, sustains rigid notions of sexual orientation, underscores possessive attitudes implicated in hierarchical gender, race and capitalist ideologies, forecloses encounters with others in social contexts that normatively prescribe race and class endogamy and generates exclusivist narratives of difference around belonging related to nation, race, ethnicity and religion.
These critics, though they diverge in their reading of whether Austen is celebrating or criticizing family structures, are consistent in characterizing the union of Fanny and Edmund as a form of conservative endogamy, "conservative" both in the sense of "traditional" and "conservational." Their marriage is presented as a return, or a retreat, to a restrictive and self-contained familial unit that reinforces nineteenth-century ideals of domestic morality and familial closeness.
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. A similar approach has been applied in Pakistan for the prevention of beta-thalassemia, a common AR genetic disorder there.32
Summary: Medical predispositions among the sub populations across South Asia are being researched to understand the results of endogamy
Quantitatively, heterosis is measured by the difference between the value obtained in generation Ft and the mean value of the parents, being maximum in generation [F.sub.1] In diploid species, heterozygosis is expected to be reduced to half every self-fertilization generation due to endogamy (WRIGHT, 1950).