Lyon hypothesis

noun
Ly·​on hypothesis | \ ˈlī-ən- How to pronounce Lyon hypothesis (audio) \

Medical Definition of Lyon hypothesis

: a hypothesis explaining why the phenotypic effect of the X chromosome is the same in the mammalian female which has two X chromosomes as it is in the male which has only one X chromosome: one of each two somatic X chromosomes in mammalian females is selected at random and inactivated early in embryonic development

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“Lyon hypothesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Lyon%20hypothesis. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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