linkage disequilibrium

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linkage disequilibrium

[¦liŋ·kij dis‚ē·kwə′lib·rē·əm]
(genetics)
The occurrence in a population of certain combinations of linked alleles in greater proportion than expected from the allele frequencies at the loci.
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A third potential source of marker-associated heterosis is finite population size, which generates linkage desequilibrium between marker loci and fitness loci where deleterious mutations occur (Ohta 1971).
Associative overdominance: evaluating the effects of inbreeding and linkage desequilibrium.