recessive

adjective
re·​ces·​sive | \ ri-ˈse-siv How to pronounce recessive (audio) \

Definition of recessive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : tending to recede
2a : producing little or no phenotypic effect when occurring in heterozygous condition with a contrasting allele recessive genes
b : expressed only when the determining gene is in the homozygous condition recessive traits a recessive disease

recessive

noun

Definition of recessive (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an organism possessing one or more recessive characters
2 : a recessive character or gene

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Other Words from recessive

Adjective

recessively adverb
recessiveness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for recessive

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of recessive in a Sentence

Adjective a recessive genius who was most comfortable working alone in his chemistry lab
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This meant that the newborn French sinistrals carried two copies of a recessive gene, which increased a tendency to produce lefties but was delayed in expression. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Two lefties make a right, if you're a rare garden snail," 2 June 2020 White tigers, which have blue eyes and are larger than orange tigers, possess a recessive genetic property that creates a virtual absence of orange pigment in the fur, though most have dark stripes. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Roy Horn, Illusionist Who Dazzled Audiences as Half of Siegfried & Roy, Dies at 75," 8 May 2020 And these combinations also suggest the game is playing with the idea of recessive genes. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Here's How to Grow All Animal Crossing Flowers," 13 Apr. 2020 Pink grasshoppers are the result of a genetic mutation called erythrism, which affects a recessive gene similar to the one that causes albinism. Amanda O'donnell And Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Toddler finds rare pink grasshopper in Texas backyard," 20 Feb. 2020 Many a geneticist, however, would identify carrots’ recessive gene, and selective breeding, as explaining the predominance of the orange variety, rather than any links with the struggle for Dutch independence. Yotam Ottolenghi, New York Times, "The Anything but Humble Carrot," 18 Feb. 2020 The scientists found that 9.4 percent of the healthy group were at risk of developing a childhood-onset disease that was not known from their medical or family history, and 88 percent were carriers for recessive diseases. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "23 and Baby," 24 Dec. 2019 Folks who are carriers for cystic fibrosis, another recessive genetic disease, often opt in to a similar testing scheme before having children. Popular Science, "A mysterious cluster of deaths amongst Amish children has finally been solved," 14 Jan. 2020 Gantz bred a round of fruit flies that had been engineered to carry both the Crispr machinery and a single copy of a recessive gene for yellow coloration. Jennifer Kahn, New York Times, "The Gene Drive Dilemma: We Can Alter Entire Species, but Should We?," 8 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The ability to generate double-recessives would have been a valuable lab tool in itself. Jennifer Kahn, New York Times, "The Gene Drive Dilemma: We Can Alter Entire Species, but Should We?," 8 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of recessive

Adjective

1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Recessive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recessive. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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recessive

adjective
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English Language Learners Definition of recessive

biology : causing or relating to a characteristic or condition that a child will have only if both of the child's parents have it

recessive

adjective
re·​ces·​sive | \ ri-ˈse-siv How to pronounce recessive (audio) \

Kids Definition of recessive

: being or produced by a form of a gene whose effect can be hidden by a dominant gene and which can produce a noticeable effect only when two copies of the gene are present Blue eye color is a recessive trait.

recessive

adjective
re·​ces·​sive | \ ri-ˈses-iv How to pronounce recessive (audio) \

Medical Definition of recessive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : producing little or no phenotypic effect when occurring in heterozygous condition with a contrasting allele recessive genes
2 : expressed only when the determining gene is in the homozygous condition recessive traits

Other Words from recessive

recessively adverb
recessiveness noun

recessive

noun

Medical Definition of recessive (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a recessive character or gene
2 : an organism possessing one or more recessive characters

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