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Population

Synonym(s)

  • population group

Definition(s)

Individuals classified according to their sex, racial origin, religion, common place of living, financial or social status, or some other cultural or behavioral attribute. (UMLS, 2003)

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

A group of individuals united by a common factor (e.g., geographic location, ethnicity, disease, age, gender)

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

1 : the whole number of people or inhabitants in a country or region. 2 a : a body of persons or individuals having a quality or characteristic in common. b (1) : the organisms inhabiting a particular locality. (2) : a group of interbreeding organisms that represents the level of organization at which speciation begins. 3 : a group of individual persons, objects, or items from which samples are taken for statistical measurement.

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

Related discussion in the Handbook

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: April 21, 2014