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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Other Words from autosomal

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

Examples of autosomal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Users submit a saliva sample, and using an autosomal DNA test, which tests for both paternal and maternal lines, shows whose DNA matches with the user from their database, according to Ancestry's website. Minnah Arshad, Detroit Free Press, 1 Sep. 2021 Investigators identified Waller as a suspect using GEDMatch, a U.S. online service that compares autosomal DNA data files from different testing companies. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 20 Nov. 2020 Perhaps the most comprehensive DNA test is called autosomal, which analyzes the DNA profiles from both sides of the donor’s family. Michael Pollick,, 7 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, during the time Heath was pouring over online posts, Rae-Venter had come across an article about a new forensic technique that extracted autosomal DNA from rootless hair. Lauren Effron, ABC News, 19 Mar. 2020 Three years later, Fitzpatrick chose David Paul as a test case for whether autosomal SNP testing could help identify people from their DNA. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, 17 Jan. 2020 Organizers say GEDmatch is a free third-party website that can be uses to compare an individual’s DNA results with people who have taken the autosomal DNA test from all the major testing companies. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, 2 Oct. 2019 Rae-Venter learned of a new set of techniques that were pioneered by a UC Santa Cruz researcher named Richard Green, which would extract autosomal DNA from rootless hair. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, 9 June 2019 The mother’s and father’s autosomal DNA combines more or less randomly at conception, so that full siblings on average share about half their DNA and half-siblings share one-quarter. Allysia Finley, WSJ, 15 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of autosomal

1911, in the meaning defined above

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“Autosomal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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