Meaning of consanguineous in English:


Pronunciation /ˌkɒnsaŋˈɡwɪnɪəs/

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  • Relating to or denoting people descended from the same ancestor.

    ‘consanguineous marriages may give rise to recessive syndromes’
    • ‘We use the patterns of homozygosity at multiple loci to distinguish between excess homozygosity caused by consanguineous mating and that due to undetected population subdivision.’
    • ‘It makes feasible the analysis of multilocus data observed on general pedigrees containing possibly consanguineous marriages and missing information.’
    • ‘Horizontal lines represent crosses, thick horizontal lines are consanguineous crosses, and vertical lines represent descendants from such matings.’
    • ‘Fully recessive mutations are maintained in higher frequencies than partially recessive ones and thus cause greater declines in fitness under consanguineous matings.’
    • ‘Thus deleterious recessives had not been eliminated from the population to the extent that consanguineous matings were harmless in terms of offspring viability.’
    • ‘The most obvious is the mating system, which generates ‘short-term’ inbreeding, i.e., inbreeding caused by one or a few generations of consanguineous matings.’
    • ‘Thus, there also is no evidence for extensive consanguineous mating in the polygyne population of S. geminata that we studied.’
    • ‘But risk is more in the case of consanguineous marriages.’
    • ‘With three consanguineous marriages of monarchs in only five generations, it could be said that the royal blood was running a bit thin in Britain.’
    • ‘Besides consanguineous marriages, there are other reasons for a baby to be born with a defective heart.’
    • ‘Recurrence of common complex diseases also may be increased in the children of consanguineous parents because of a greater proportion of shared genes.’
    • ‘In the context of the preliminary field reports, the low levels of genetic variation found within colonies appeared to result from consanguineous mating.’
    • ‘Individuals who belong to high risk ethnic groups or who are in a consanguineous relationship might also benefit from a genetic evaluation and counseling.’
    • ‘Although many incest statutes apply only to consanguineous relationships, some apply to all legally sanctioned parent-child relationships.’
    • ‘A white female fetus was the product of the third pregnancy of consanguineous (first cousins) parents; the mother was 25 years old and the father 34.’
    • ‘A consanguineous sample of 410 Taiwanese mothers and adolescents was drawn from urban schools serving middle-income areas of Taiwan.’
    • ‘The patients and spouses were not consanguineous to each other.’
    • ‘The patients and spouses were not consanguineous with each other.’


Early 17th century from Latin consanguineus ‘of the same blood’ (from con- ‘together’ + sanguis ‘blood’) + -ous.