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 (see locus 3)

  2. 2 :  either of a pair of alternative Mendelian characters (see 1character 2b(2)) (such as smooth and wrinkled seed in the pea)

allelic

play \-ˈlē-lik, -ˈle-\ adjective

allelism

play \-ˈlē-ˌli-zəm, -ˈle-\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of allele

German Allel, short for Allelomorph


First Known Use: 1921


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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)

allelic

\-ˈlē-lik, -ˈlel-ik\play play adjective

allelism

\-ˈlē(ə)l-ˌiz-əm, -ˈlel-ˌiz-\play play noun

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