drosophila

noun dro·soph·i·la \ drō-ˈsä-fə-lə \

Definition of drosophila

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

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Origin and Etymology of drosophila

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


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drosophila

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

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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