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allele

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noun al·lele \ə-ˈlēl\

Definition of allele

  1. 1 :  any of the alternative forms of a gene that may occur at a given locus

  2. 2 :  either of a pair of alternative Mendelian characters (as smooth and wrinkled seed in the pea)

al·le·licplay \-ˈlē-lik, -ˈle-\ adjective
al·lel·ismplay \-ˈlē-ˌli-zəm, -ˈle-\ noun


Origin of allele

German Allel, short for Allelomorph


First Known Use: 1928


Medical Dictionary

allele

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noun al·lele \ə-ˈlē(ə)l\

Medical Definition of allele

  1. 1:  any of the alternative forms of a gene that may occur at a given locus

  2. 2:  either of a pair of alternative Mendelian characters (as ability versus inability to taste the chemical phenylthiocarbamide)

  3. al·le·lic \-ˈlē-lik, -ˈlel-ik\play play adjective
    al·lel·ism \-ˈlē(ə)l-ˌiz-əm, -ˈlel-ˌiz-\play play noun




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  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "allele" Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "allele"


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