wild type

noun

: 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
wild-type adjective

Examples of wild type in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When wild type 1 poliovirus jumped from Pakistan to Malawi and Mozambique in 2022, GPEI was on it immediately, quickly snuffing out the outbreak. Byleslie Roberts, science.org, 7 May 2024 Reintroducing wild type variants of the gene into the sequences of mutants resulted in the reversion back to wild type phenotype. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 19 Aug. 2011 And since then, that wild type has mutated. Donna M. Owens, Essence, 14 July 2021 Perinatal cerebrovascular fetal lesions was observed in two fetuses after infection with SARS-CoV-2 (wild type). William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2023 One sequence of drugs had a 38 percent to 100 percent probability of coaxing the bacteria to evolve back to a non-resistant wild type, while another had a probability between 60 percent and 100 percent. K. N. Smith, Discover Magazine, 29 Jan. 2016 Generally, these vaccines are formulated on the spike protein of the wild type SARS-CoV-2 strain. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 The lineages above the x-axis then are more fit against the baseline wild type (selection coefficients above 0.01 can be considered rather strong, with 0.08 very strong). Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 11 July 2012 Once out of every several million doses, the weakened virus reverted to the neurovirulence of the wild type, destroying those motor neurons and causing polio paralysis. Maryn McKenna, WIRED, 24 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wild type was in 1914

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“Wild type.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wild%20type. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

wild type

noun
: 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
wild-type adjective
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