Ecol. of or pertaining to closely related species of organisms occurring in the same geographic area
Origin of sympatricsym- (var. of syn-) + patr(i)- + -ic
- Occupying the same or overlapping geographic areas. Used of organisms, especially populations of the same or closely related species.
- Occurring among populations having such a distribution: sympatric speciation.
Origin of sympatricsyn– + Greek patra, fatherland (from pat&emacron;r, patr-, father; see p&schwa;ter- in Indo-European roots) + –ic.
(comparative more sympatric, superlative most sympatric)
- (biology, genetics) Occurring in the same, or in overlapping, territory, especially of species that do not interbreed.
From sympatry +"Ž -ic.