au·​to·​so·​mal | \ ˌȯ-tə-ˈsō-məl How to pronounce autosomal (audio) \

Definition of autosomal

: of, belonging to, located on, or transmitted by an autosome autosomal genes/inheritance autosomal dominant/recessive disorders … a genetic disorder that is passed down in autosomal recessive fashion—in other words, you have to inherit an abnormal gene from each parent for the trait to appear.— Terrence Monmaney

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autosomally \ ˌȯ-​tə-​ˈsō-​mə-​lē How to pronounce autosomally (audio) \ adverb
an autosomally recessive condition

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This lysosomal storage disorder is an autosomal recessive genetic disease that interferes with the body’s production of a single enzyme, arylsulfatase A. Not enough arylsulfatase A causes a buildup of fats called sulfatides inside cells. Vibhav Rangarajan, STAT, "The ‘cruel joke’ of compassionate use and right to try: Pharma companies don’t have to comply," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of autosomal

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of autosomal was in 1911

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