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 Equally prevalent in all races and ethnicities, there are two types of PKD: autosomal dominant PKD (ADPKD) and autosomal recessive PKD (ARPKD). Kyle Roderick, Forbes, 4 Sep. 2021 The white tiger is produced by a genetic fluke that occurs when two orange tigers with rare recessive forms of a gene, called alleles, happen to breed. Azzedine Downes, Scientific American, 22 June 2021 Scientists dispute whether their rarity is because the recessive allele is the result of a one-time mutation or because white tigers lack adequate camouflage, negatively affecting their ability to stalk prey or avoid other predators. Azzedine Downes, Scientific American, 22 June 2021 The recessive genes that cause the condition have been traced back to Maughlin Storm, a Canadian bull born in 1991 whose offspring have been used world-wide. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, 28 May 2021 Most of these diseases are inherited in a recessive pattern, meaning that a child may have the condition only if both parents carry a mutation in that disease gene. Renee Ghert-zand, sun-sentinel.com, 20 May 2021 Traditional genetic testing that is still used today is carrier screening for recessive traits. John Cumbers, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 What makes Orchid different is its test can check for complex diseases and not just recessive conditions. John Cumbers, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 The odd hue may have occurred from a rare genetic mutation to a recessive gene responsible for producing black, grey, and brown feathers, ornithologist Hein Van Grouw told National Geographic. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Feb. 2021 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, 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 26 Sep. 2021.

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recessive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of recessive

: 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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