polygene

noun

poly·​gene ˈpä-lē-ˌjēn How to pronounce polygene (audio)
: any of a group of nonallelic genes that collectively control the inheritance of a quantitative character or modify the expression of a qualitative character

Word History

Etymology

poly- + gene, after polygenic

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of polygene was in 1941

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“Polygene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polygene. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

polygene

noun

poly·​gene ˈpäl-i-ˌjēn How to pronounce polygene (audio)
: any of a group of nonallelic genes that collectively control the inheritance of a quantitative character or modify the expression of a qualitative character

called also multiple factor

see quantitative inheritance

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