heterozygous

adjective
het·​ero·​zy·​gous | \ ˌhe-tə-rō-ˈzī-gəs How to pronounce heterozygous (audio) \

Definition of heterozygous

: having the two alleles at corresponding loci on homologous chromosomes different for one or more loci

Examples of heterozygous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cutaneous pharmacologic cAMP induction induces melanization of the skin and improves recovery from ultraviolet injury in melanocortin 1 receptor-intact or heterozygous skin. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, 29 Aug. 2020 Using a dataset of the genomes of more than 400 deceased people, the researchers looked for instances of heterozygous genes: genes that are the result of a person inheriting a human gene from one parent and a Neanderthal gene from another. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, 24 Feb. 2017 Using a dataset of the genomes of more than 400 deceased people, the researchers looked for instances of heterozygous genes: genes that are the result of a person inheriting a human gene from one parent and a Neanderthal gene from another. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, 24 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of heterozygous

1902, in the meaning defined above

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“Heterozygous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heterozygous. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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heterozygous

adjective
het·​ero·​zy·​gous | \ -gəs How to pronounce heterozygous (audio) \

Medical Definition of heterozygous

: having the two genes at corresponding loci on homologous chromosomes different for one or more loci — compare homozygous

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