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polygene

noun poly·gene \ˈpä-lē-ˌjēn\

Definition of POLYGENE

:  any of a group of nonallelic genes that collectively control the inheritance of a quantitative character or modify the expression of a qualitative character
poly·gen·ic \ˌpä-lē-ˈjē-nik\ adjective

Origin of POLYGENE

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1941

polygene

noun poly·gene \ˈpäl-i-ˌjēn\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of POLYGENE

:  any of a group of nonallelic genes that collectively control the inheritance of a quantitative character or modify the expression of a qualitative character—called also multiple factor; compare quantitative inheritance

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