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cline, in biology, any gradual change in a particular characteristic of a population of organisms from one end of the geographical range of the population to the other. Gradients of characteristics usually accompany, and are responses to, environmental gradients; for example, a mountain range features gradients from top to bottom such as a temperature gradient (colder to warmer) and a humidity gradient (wetter to drier). They may also reflect patterns of individual migration or gene flow. In species of birds and mammals, there is usually a cline in body size, with smaller individuals in warm climates and larger individuals tending to be found in colder climates.

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cline / klīn/ • n. a continuum with an infinite number of gradations from one extreme to the other. ∎  Biol. a gradation in one or more characteristics within a species or other taxon, esp. between different populations.See also ecocline. DERIVATIVES: clin·al / ˈklīnl/ adj.

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cline A gradual variation in the characteristics of a species or population over its geographical range. It occurs in response to varying environmental factors, such as soil type or climate.

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cline A gradual change in gene frequencies or character states within a species across its geographic distribution. Compare area-effect speciation.

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cline A gradual change in gene frequencies or character states within a species, across its geographic distribution.

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cline A gradual change in gene frequencies or character states within a species across its geographic distribution.

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cline Gradual change in gene frequencies or character states within a species, across its geographic distribution.

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