isolate

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isolate

[′ī·sə‚lāt]
(chemical engineering)
To separate two portions of a process system by means of valving or line blanks; used as safety measure during maintenance or repair, or to redirect process flows.
(electricity)
To disconnect a circuit or piece of equipment from an electric supply system.
(genetics)
A population so cut off from others that mating occurs only within the group.
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2002) were doubtful about the genetic isolate statement, after their fruitless attempt to locate some genomic linkage in the schizophrenic population.
While some human genetic isolates exist, they are rare and represent a tiny fraction of the total human population.
Anna Rajab from the Ministry of Health, Oman, said the Omani population is characterised by a rapid growth rate, large family size, consanguineous marriages and the presence of genetic isolates.