recessive


1re·ces·sive

adjective \ri-ˈse-siv\

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
a :  tending to recede
b :  withdrawn 2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>

First Known Use of RECESSIVE

circa 1673

2recessive

noun

Definition of RECESSIVE

1
:  an organism possessing one or more recessive characters
2
:  a recessive character or gene

First Known Use of RECESSIVE

1900

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