Lyon hypothesis

noun

Ly·​on hypothesis ˈlī-ən- How to pronounce Lyon hypothesis (audio)
: 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 30 May. 2024.

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