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Natural selection

Synonym(s)

  • Darwinian selection

Definition(s)

Natural evolutionary process that results in the survival of organisms best suited to changing living conditions through the perpetuation of desirable genetic qualities and the elimination of undesirable ones.

Definition from: Psychological Index Terms via Unified Medical Language SystemThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. at the National Library of Medicine

A natural process that results in the survival and reproductive success of individuals or groups best adjusted to their environment and that leads to the perpetuation of genetic qualities best suited to that particular environment.

Definition from: Merriam-Webster's Medical DictionaryThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. by Merriam-Webster Inc.

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: September 15, 2014