gene frequency

noun

: the ratio of the number of a specified allele in a population to the total of all alleles at its genetic locus

Examples of gene frequency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The gene frequency of blue eyes may have increased by chance, too, rather than natural selection. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 16 Mar. 2014 Nielsen and Wei had been interested in using the UK Biobank data to investigate how patterns of gene frequencies were being shaped by the pressures of modern life. Megan Molteni, WIRED, 3 June 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gene frequency was in 1929

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“Gene frequency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gene%20frequency. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

gene frequency

noun
: the ratio of the number of a specified allele in a population to the total of all alleles at its genetic locus

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