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A local, small, highly inbred group or kinship. Compare: isolate.
[G. dēmos, people]
deme(dēm) a population of very similar organisms interbreeding in nature and occupying a circumscribed area.
1. One of the townships of ancient Attica.
2. Ecology A local, usually stable population of interbreeding organisms of the same species.
Etymology: Gk, demos, common population
a small, local, closely related, interbreeding population of organisms, usually occupying a circumscribed area. Also called genetic population.
local populationa group of individuals within a species that is largely isolated genetically from other individuals of the species, with clearly definable genetical, cytological and other characteristics.
a population of animals with very similar physical characteristics, which interbreed and occupy a limited geographic region. Called also a genetic population.