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recessive

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adjective re·ces·sive \ri-ˈse-siv\

Simple Definition of recessive

  • biology : causing or relating to a characteristic or condition that a child will have only if both of the child's parents have it

Full Definition of recessive

  1. 1 a :  tending to recede b :  withdrawn 2

  2. 2 a :  producing little or no phenotypic effect when occurring in heterozygous condition with a contrasting allele <recessive genes> b :  expressed only when the determining gene is in the homozygous condition <recessive traits> <a recessive disease>

re·ces·sive·ly adverb
re·ces·sive·ness noun

Examples of recessive

  1. <a recessive genius who was most comfortable working alone in his chemistry lab>



Circa 1673

First Known Use of recessive

circa 1673


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recessive

noun re·ces·sive

Definition of recessive

  1. 1 :  an organism possessing one or more recessive characters

  2. 2 :  a recessive character or gene



1900

First Known Use of recessive

1900


RECESSIVE Defined for Kids

recessive

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adjective re·ces·sive \ri-ˈse-siv\

Definition of recessive

  1. :  being or produced by a form of a gene whose effect can be hidden by a dominant gene and which can produce a noticeable effect only when two copies of the gene are present <Blue eye color is a recessive trait.>





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