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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 29 Nov. 2022.

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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