linkage

noun link·age \ ˈliŋ-kij \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

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

Recent Examples of linkage from the Web

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First Known Use of linkage

1874


LINKAGE Defined for English Language Learners

linkage

noun

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

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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