drosophila

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noun dro·soph·i·la \drō-ˈsä-fə-lə\

Definition of drosophila

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

Origin and Etymology of drosophila

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


First Known Use: circa 1829


Medical Dictionary

drosophila

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noun dro·soph·i·la \drō-ˈsäf-ə-lə, drə-\

Medical Definition of drosophila

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

  2. 2:  any fly of the genus Drosophila


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