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Related to continuous variation: discontinuous variation
a series of very slight variations.
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Variation within a population in which phenotypes may have any value between the extremes.
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Variation in which the difference between successive groups or individuals is quite small.
See also: variation
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continuous variationa feature of certain CHARACTERS controlled by many genes, e.g. height, in which there is a complete spread of forms across a range, often producing a bell-shaped, NORMAL DISTRIBUTION CURVE when sampling in a population. See also POLYGENIC INHERITANCE.
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