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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from wild type

wild-type adjective

Examples of wild type in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

With the explosion in hydrangea popularity, somebody thought it a great idea to market the old, mostly fertile flowered, wild type. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Why this Kentucky plant is the 'Manolo Blahniks' of the garden world," 22 June 2018 After years of comparing the ancient seeds with wild types, Mueller has found two unmistakable signs of domestication: larger fruits and thinner fruit skins. Annalee Newitz, Ars Technica, "Hunting for the ancient lost farms of North America," 26 Jan. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'wild type.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of wild type

1914, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about wild type

Statistics for wild type

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for wild type

The first known use of wild type was in 1914

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for wild type

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

More from Merriam-Webster on wild type

See words that rhyme with wild type

Comments on wild type

What made you want to look up wild type? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to reject or criticize sharply

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!