haplotype

noun
hap·​lo·​type | \ ˈha-plō-ˌtīp How to pronounce haplotype (audio) \

Definition of haplotype

: a group of alleles of different genes (as of the major histocompatibility complex) on a single chromosome that are closely enough linked to be inherited usually as a unit

Examples of haplotype in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People tend to inherit groups of SNPs together, called a haplotype. Caitlin Harrington, Wired, 2 Oct. 2020 Genetic prospectors mined the International HapMap, a catalogue of haplotypes and the 3.9 million SNPs contained therein from North Americans with ancestry in northwestern Europe and from individuals sampled in Nigeria, China and Japan. Gary Stix, Scientific American, 1 Nov. 2012 GBIRd member David Threadgill, a geneticist at Texas A&M University in College Station, and his team are working with a gene drive that occurs naturally in mice, called the t-haplotype. Ewen Callaway, Scientific American, 10 July 2018 These haplotypes became important for diagnosing sickle cell anemia, because some appeared to cause more severe disease than others. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2018 Early genetic studies suggested that five different kinds of DNA, known as haplotypes, surround the mutation. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of haplotype

1967, in the meaning defined above

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“Haplotype.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haplotype. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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haplotype

noun
hap·​lo·​type | \ -ˌtīp How to pronounce haplotype (audio) \

Medical Definition of haplotype

: a group of alleles of different genes (as of the major histocompatibility complex) on a single chromosome that are closely enough linked to be inherited usually as a unit

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