polygenic

adjective
poly·​gen·​ic | \ ˌpä-lē-ˈje-nik How to pronounce polygenic (audio) \

Definition of polygenic

: of, relating to, mediated by, or constituting polygenes : involving two or more nonallelic genes collectively in determining inherited characteristics : multifactorial sense 1 polygenic inheritance polygenic traits Others think the allergic state is polygenic: transmitted by a number of genes whose combined expression is necessary to make a person allergic.— Paul D. Buisseret

First Known Use of polygenic

1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of polygenic was in 1928

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“Polygenic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polygenic. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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polygenic

adjective
poly·​gen·​ic | \ ˌpäl-i-ˈjēn-ik How to pronounce polygenic (audio) , -ˈjen-ik How to pronounce polygenic (audio) \

Medical Definition of polygenic

: of, relating to, or resulting from polygenes : multifactorial a polygenic disorder

Other Words from polygenic

polygenically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce polygenic (audio) \ adverb

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