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

First Known Use of polygene

1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Polygene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polygene. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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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