dro·​soph·​i·​la | \ drō-ˈsä-fə-lə How to pronounce drosophila (audio) \

Definition of drosophila

: any of a genus (Drosophila) of fruit flies used in genetic research

Examples of drosophila in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The little worms are actually maggots from a fruit fly of East Asian origin known as the spotted wing drosophila (SWD), according to Cornell University’s Fruit Resources. Erin Corbett, refinery29.com, 22 May 2020 Spotted wing drosophila can be a pest; the best control is to keep your beds clean. oregonlive, 7 Apr. 2020 Spotted wing drosophila can be a pest; the best control is good sanitation. Kym Pokorny, OregonLive.com, 8 May 2018 In the abdomens of male drosophila lie brain cells which produce a pleasure protein called neuropeptide corazonin, which triggers the release of sperm and seminal fluid. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, 19 Apr. 2018 And drosophila are poor fliers, rarely commuting between kipukas. Elyse Butler, Smithsonian, 29 Apr. 2017 A lot of the evolution research done here has focused on drosophila Elyse Butler, Smithsonian, 2 May 2017

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First Known Use of drosophila

circa 1829, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for drosophila

New Latin, genus name, from Greek drosos dew + New Latin -phila, feminine of -philus -phil

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“Drosophila.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drosophila. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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dro·​soph·​i·​la | \ drō-ˈsäf-ə-lə, drə- How to pronounce drosophila (audio) \

Medical Definition of drosophila

1 capitalized : a genus of small dipteran flies that include many (as D. melanogaster) extensively used in genetic research
2 : any fly of the genus Drosophila


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