link·​age | \ ˈliŋ-kij How to pronounce linkage (audio) \

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
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 sense 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
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

linkages between population growth and disease the accountants noticed a linkage between the two supposedly independent companies
Recent Examples on the Web JAMA Network Open analyzed health data of 40,360 adults from Olmsted County in Minnesota, from the Rochester Epidemiology Project medical records-linkage system. Megan Marples, CNN, 4 May 2022 In the charts below that linkage appears as flat, parallel lines—and unfortunately there are a lot of them. David Yanofsky, Quartz, 14 Apr. 2022 In a week of public testimony, some residents argued against that linkage. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Apr. 2022 The advent of open-source investigations helps solve the linkage evidence problem. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, 31 Mar. 2022 Now, after centuries of failure, the surprise linkage offered new hope. New York Times, 31 Jan. 2022 The system also benefits from access to GAAP’s five central nodes, which together deliver a linkage stability estimated to be more than 99.95 percent. Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 The rear triangle has also been revised without a bridge between the seat stays, which makes space for bigger tires, though the linkage and stays are now bigger and beefier to maintain stiffness. Outside Online, 19 May 2015 What is the linkage of Relationship Capital Intelligence and Mood Health? Cindy Gordon, Forbes, 1 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of linkage

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 May 2022

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“Linkage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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link·​age | \ ˈliŋ-kij How to pronounce linkage (audio) \

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 sense 2

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