restriction fragment length polymorphism

noun

Definition of restriction fragment length polymorphism

: variation in the length of a DNA fragment produced by a specific restriction enzyme acting on DNA from different individuals that usually results from a gene mutation and that may be used as a genetic marker

First Known Use of restriction fragment length polymorphism

1980, in the meaning defined above

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“Restriction fragment length polymorphism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/restriction%20fragment%20length%20polymorphism. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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restriction fragment length polymorphism

noun

Medical Definition of restriction fragment length polymorphism

: variation in the length of a restriction fragment produced by a specific restriction enzyme acting on DNA from different individuals that usually results from a gene mutation (as an insertion or deletion) and that may be used as a genetic marker

called also RFLP

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