phenotype

noun
phe·no·type | \ˈfē-nə-ˌtīp \

Definition of phenotype 

: the observable properties of an organism that are produced by the interaction of the genotype and the environment

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Other Words from phenotype

phenotypic \ˌfē-nə-ˈti-pik \ or less commonly phenotypical \ˌfē-nə-ˈti-pi-kəl \ adjective
phenotypically \ˌfē-nə-ˈti-pi-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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Since then the case has remained cold — but on Saturday came the new piece of evidence: a phenotype of the person police believed killed O’Keefe. Meagan Flynn, Washington Post, "‘My killer was never found’: Police live tweet a murdered girl’s last day alive in 1973," 9 July 2018 Private investigator Jason Jensen holds a phenotype report at his office Friday, June 15, 2018, in Salt Lake City. Washington Post, "Investigators say DNA database can be goldmine for old cases," 16 June 2018 And anything pertaining to history of human migrations, or things that play into traditional classifications of racial phenotypes like facial morphology or skin color. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "‘It’s a toxic place.’ How the online world of white nationalists distorts population genetics," 22 May 2018 Genes, as well as the environment, influence a phenotype. Ben Guarino, BostonGlobe.com, "This tiny skeleton found in Chile might look like an alien’s, but genetics studies are uncovering the tragic, true story," 23 Mar. 2018 According to Parabon's website, the phenotype report called Snapshot was built for law enforcement agencies and the military with funding from the U.S. Department of Defense's Threat Reduction Agency. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Could DNA technology help identify body from dumpster fire nearly 20 years ago? | The Sacramento Bee," 26 May 2018 Over-reading the body is a problem for gay men, too: The phenotype of twinkdom is often, recklessly and unfairly, linked with femininity, vapidity, and submissiveness. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What 'The Age of the Twink' Actually Means," 15 May 2018 Likewise, with enough genes, researchers can predict which individuals will have similar phenotypes. Ben Guarino, BostonGlobe.com, "This tiny skeleton found in Chile might look like an alien’s, but genetics studies are uncovering the tragic, true story," 23 Mar. 2018 Genes, as well as the environment, influence a phenotype. Ben Guarino, BostonGlobe.com, "This tiny skeleton found in Chile might look like an alien’s, but genetics studies are uncovering the tragic, true story," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of phenotype

1910, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phenotype

German Phänotypus, from Greek phainein to show + typos type

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phenotype

noun
phe·no·type | \ˈfē-nə-ˌtīp \

Medical Definition of phenotype 

: the observable properties of an organism that are produced by the interaction of the genotype and the environment — compare genotype sense 2

Other Words from phenotype

phenotypic \ˌfē-nə-ˈtip-ik \ also phenotypical \-i-kəl \ adjective
phenotypically \-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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