wild type

noun
|Updated on: 8 Jul 2018

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

wild-type

adjective

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1914

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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

wild-type

adjective

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