1
: located on a sex chromosome
a sex-linked gene
2
: mediated by a sex-linked gene
a sex-linked character

Word History

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sex-linked was in 1912

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Cite this Entry

“Sex-linked.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sex-linked. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

sex-linked

adjective
ˈsek-ˌsliŋ(k)t
1
: located on one type of sex chromosome but not on the other
a sex-linked gene
2
: controlled by a sex-linked gene
a sex-linked characteristic
sex-linkage
-ˌsliŋ-kij
noun

Medical Definition

sex-linked

adjective
1
: located in a sex chromosome
a sex-linked gene
2
: mediated by a sex-linked gene
a sex-linked character
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