phe·​no·​typ·​ing ˈfē-nə-ˌtī-piŋ How to pronounce phenotyping (audio)
: the activity or process of determining, analyzing, or predicting all or part of an organism's phenotype
Plant phenotyping, which is the assessment of expressed traits (as influenced by genetic make-up and changes in the environment), is a vital process in crop improvement programs.Sindhuja Sankaran
specifically : dna phenotyping
In a technique known as phenotyping, scientists are able to determine the physical appearance of an individual based solely on their DNA. Rachel Huang
… it had already created 100 or so genetic profiles through its phenotyping service, which creates a composite image from DNA for police to circulate in hopes of getting a lead. Megan Molteni

Examples of phenotyping in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In an ideal future world, Feldman says, digital phenotyping — assessing a new mom’s physical movements, speaking patterns, and texting styles — could identify someone who is struggling, so a doctor’s office could reach out with an appointment. Katharine Gammon, STAT, 26 June 2023 The team also used DNA phenotyping to try to depict the victim’s physical characteristics, which local officials at the time released to the public. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2023 The grant paid for Nici and the Medical Examiner’s Office to use DNA phenotyping and genetic genealogy to solve unidentified remains cold cases. oregonlive, 8 May 2023 Their vision is that such measures are well positioned to augment our understanding of disease processes with better population subtyping and individual phenotyping. Greg Licholai, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2022 The new forensic technique is called DNA phenotyping. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 25 Feb. 2015 More than just a means of tying a suspect to a crime scene, genetic information can reveal clues about a culprit’s appearance through a process called DNA phenotyping. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, 11 June 2017 Long-term neural and physiological phenotyping of a single human. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, 1 Sep. 2016 Parabon Nanolabs told Hawaii News Now that genetic genealogy was used in analyzing the evidence along with DNA phenotyping, a process of predicting physical appearance and ancestry from unidentified DNA evidence. CBS News, 16 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of phenotyping was in 1952

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“Phenotyping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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