linkage

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noun link·age \ ˈliŋ-kij \

Definition of linkage

1 :the manner or style of being united: such as
a :the manner in which atoms or radicals are linked in a molecule
b :bond 3c
2 :the quality or state of being linked; especially :the relationship between genes on the same chromosome that causes them to be inherited together — compare mendel's law 2
3 :a system of links; especially :a system of links or bars which are jointed together and more or less constrained by having a link or links fixed and by means of which straight or nearly straight lines or other point paths may be traced
4 :link 2b
5 :the tactic in diplomatic negotiations of linking often unrelated issues so that progress in one area is dependent on agreement in another

Examples of linkage in a Sentence

  1. linkages between population growth and disease

  2. the accountants noticed a linkage between the two supposedly independent companies

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First Known Use of linkage

1874


LINKAGE Defined for English Language Learners

linkage

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Definition of linkage for English Language Learners

  • : a connection or relationship between two or more things

  • : a part that connects two or more things


Medical Dictionary

linkage

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noun link·age \ ˈliŋ-kij \

medical Definition of linkage

1 :the manner in which atoms or radicals are connected by chemical bonds in a molecule
2 :the relationship between genes on the same chromosome that causes them to be inherited together — compare mendel's law 2


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