wild type

noun

Definition of wild type

: a phenotype, genotype, or gene that predominates in a natural population of organisms or strain of organisms in contrast to that of natural or laboratory mutant forms also : an organism or strain displaying the wild type

Other Words from wild type

wild-type \ ˈwī(-​ə)l(d)-​ˌtīp How to pronounce wild type (audio) \ adjective

Examples of wild type in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Preliminary studies have also indicated that omicron tends to cause milder disease than the coronavirus wild type and other variants, though experts have warned that its highly transmissible nature still poses a risk to health care systems globally. Washington Post, 31 Dec. 2021 All subjects showed weaker immunity to the variants compared to the wild type. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 7 Sep. 2021 For the wild type, the response was uniform—and encouraging. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 7 Sep. 2021 The delta variant of COVID-19 is more transmissible than the wild type or previous variants, said Dr. Michael Saag, a professor in the division of infectious diseases. Rebecca Griesbach | Rgriesbach@al.com, al, 13 Aug. 2021 The delta variant of COVID-19 is more transmissible than the wild type or previous variants, said Dr. Michael Saag, a professor in the division of infectious diseases. Rebecca Griesbach | Rgriesbach@al.com, al, 13 Aug. 2021 The delta variant of COVID-19 is more transmissible than the wild type or previous variants, said Dr. Michael Saag, a professor in the division of infectious diseases. Rebecca Griesbach | Rgriesbach@al.com, al, 13 Aug. 2021 Variant or wild type, hospitalized or not, the shots just work. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 7 Sep. 2021 The delta variant of COVID-19 is more transmissible than the wild type or previous variants, said Dr. Michael Saag, a professor in the division of infectious diseases. Rebecca Griesbach | Rgriesbach@al.com, al, 13 Aug. 2021

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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wild type

noun

Medical Definition of wild type

: a phenotype, genotype, or gene that predominates in a natural population of organisms or strain of organisms in contrast to that of natural or laboratory mutant forms also : an organism or strain displaying the wild type

Other Words from wild type

wild-type adjective

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