polygene

noun
poly·​gene | \ ˈpä-lē-ˌjēn How to pronounce polygene (audio) \

Definition of polygene

: any of a group of nonallelic genes that collectively control the inheritance of a quantitative character or modify the expression of a qualitative character

Other Words from polygene

polygenic \ ˌpä-​lē-​ˈjē-​nik How to pronounce polygenic (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of polygene

1941, in the meaning defined above

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polygene

noun
poly·​gene | \ ˈpäl-i-ˌjēn How to pronounce polygene (audio) \

Medical Definition of polygene

: 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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