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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homozygously adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 At this stage Complete has validated a set of 57 homozygous insertion/deletion variants, all of which were called accurately by their platform, but this is far too small a data-set to be extrapolating to genome-wide error rates. Daniel Macarthur, WIRED, "Broad Institute to use Complete Genomics to sequence genomes of cancer patients," 3 Mar. 2009

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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

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

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homozygously adverb

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