homozygous

adjective
ho·​mo·​zy·​gous | \ ˌhō-mə-ˈzī-gəs How to pronounce homozygous (audio) , ˌhä- \

Definition of homozygous

: having the two genes at corresponding loci on homologous chromosomes identical for one or more loci

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Other Words from homozygous

homozygously adverb

Examples of homozygous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web About a quarter of the man’s genome consisted of very long stretches of homozygous DNA: DNA where both copies of the genes were the same, instead of the mix-and-match pairs most people inherit from their parents. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Incestuous kings may have built Ireland’s Newgrange Passage tomb," 19 June 2020 With help from a Moscow hearing clinic, this summer Rebrikov identified five couples who are homozygous for 35delG and certain to have a deaf child. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Embattled Russian scientist sharpens plans to create gene-edited babies," 21 Oct. 2019 Cooper’s jerboa project could easily turn out to need mice homozygous for 10 or more genes. Quanta Magazine, "Gene Drives Work in Mice (if They’re Female)," 27 Aug. 2019 Cooper’s jerboa project could easily turn out to need mice homozygous for 10 or more genes. Quanta Magazine, "Gene Drives Work in Mice (if They’re Female)," 27 Aug. 2019 Cooper’s jerboa project could easily turn out to need mice homozygous for 10 or more genes. Quanta Magazine, "Gene Drives Work in Mice (if They’re Female)," 27 Aug. 2019 People homozygous for 35delG, like Yevgenievna’s daughter, will inevitably have hearing loss, albeit to varying degrees. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Deaf couple may edit embryo’s DNA to correct hearing mutation," 21 Oct. 2019 Cooper’s jerboa project could easily turn out to need mice homozygous for 10 or more genes. Quanta Magazine, "Gene Drives Work in Mice (if They’re Female)," 23 Jan. 2019 My wife is homozygous non-risk, for the FTO obesity region. Nestor Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, "Will my genes doom my young daughter to a weight problem?," 31 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of homozygous

1902, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of homozygous was in 1902

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“Homozygous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homozygous. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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homozygous

adjective
ho·​mo·​zy·​gous | \ -ˈzī-gəs How to pronounce homozygous (audio) \

Medical Definition of homozygous

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

Other Words from homozygous

homozygously adverb

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