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recessive

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adjective re·ces·sive \ri-ˈse-siv\

Definition of recessive

  1. 1a :  tending to recedeb :  withdrawn 2

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

recessively

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recessiveness

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Examples of recessive in a Sentence

  1. a recessive genius who was most comfortable working alone in his chemistry lab

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First Known Use of recessive

1654


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recessive

noun re·ces·sive

Definition of recessive

  1. 1 :  an organism possessing one or more recessive characters

  2. 2 :  a recessive character or gene

First Known Use of recessive

1900


RECESSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of recessive for English Language Learners

  • 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 Defined for Kids

recessive

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adjective re·ces·sive \ri-ˈse-siv\

Definition of recessive for Students

  1. :  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.


Medical Dictionary

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recessive

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adjective re·ces·sive \ri-ˈses-iv\

Medical Definition of recessive

  1. 1:  producing little or no phenotypic effect when occurring in heterozygous condition with a contrasting allele recessive genes

  2. 2:  expressed only when the determining gene is in the homozygous condition recessive traits

recessively

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recessiveness

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recessive

noun re·ces·sive

Medical Definition of recessive

  1. 1:  a recessive character or gene

  2. 2:  an organism possessing one or more recessive characters



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