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1. Occupying the same or overlapping geographic areas. Used of organisms, especially populations of the same or closely related species.
2. Occurring among populations having such a distribution: sympatric speciation.
[syn- + Greek patrā, fatherland (from patēr, patr-, father; see pəter- in Indo-European roots) + -ic.]
sym′pat·ry (sĭm′păt′rē, -pə-trē) n.
(Biology) (of biological speciation or species) taking place or existing in the same or overlapping geographical areas. Compare allopatric
[C20: from syn- + -patric, from Greek patra native land, from patēr father]
sym•pat•ric(sɪmˈpæ trɪk, -ˈpeɪ-)
adj. Biol., Ecol.
originating in or occupying the same geographical area.
sym′pa•try (-pə tri) n.
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|Adj.||1.||sympatric - (of biological species or speciation) occurring in the same or overlapping geographical areas|
allopatric - (of biological species or speciation) occurring in areas isolated geographically from one another