pleiotropic

adjective
pleio·​tro·​pic | \ ˌplī-ə-ˈtrō-pik How to pronounce pleiotropic (audio) , -ˈträ- \

Definition of pleiotropic

: producing more than one effect especially : having multiple phenotypic expressions a pleiotropic gene

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Recent Examples on the Web Stephen Hsu of Michigan State University, one of Genomic Prediction’s founders, acknowledges the theoretical risk of this, but argues that serious pleiotropic effects are unlikely. The Economist, 7 Nov. 2019

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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“Pleiotropic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pleiotropic. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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pleiotropic

adjective
pleio·​tro·​pic | \ ˌplī-ə-ˈtrōp-ik How to pronounce pleiotropic (audio) , -ˈträp- How to pronounce pleiotropic (audio) \

Medical Definition of pleiotropic

: producing more than one effect especially : having multiple phenotypic expressions a pleiotropic gene

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