ho·​mo·​zy·​gos·​i·​ty ˌhō-mə-ˈgä-sə-tē How to pronounce homozygosity (audio)
: the state of being homozygous

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Second, even genomewide homozygosity has some independent relationship to depression in height. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 20 July 2012 When researchers compared the Altai Neanderthal’s two genomes, there were long segments of practically identical DNA — runs of homozygosity. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, 23 Feb. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of homozygosity was in 1916

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Cite this Entry

“Homozygosity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homozygosity. Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


ho·​mo·​zy·​gos·​i·​ty ˌhō-mə-zī-ˈgäs-ət-ē How to pronounce homozygosity (audio)
: the state of being homozygous

Medical Definition


ho·​mo·​zy·​gos·​i·​ty -ˈgäs-ət-ē How to pronounce homozygosity (audio)
plural homozygosities
: the state of being homozygous
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