- a fly of the genus Drosophila, especially D. melanogaster, used in laboratory studies of genetics and development.
Origin of drosophila
< New Latin < Greek dróso(s) dew + New Latin -phila < Greek -philē, feminine of -philos -phile
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These, like the mutants in Drosophila, are fully equipped at the start.A Critique of the Theory of Evolution
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The infertility of rudimentary-winged females of Drosophila.
Further experiments with mutations in eye-color of Drosophila.
A new eye-color mutation in Drosophila and its mode of inheritance.
Eight factors that show sex-linked inheritance in Drosophila.
- any small dipterous fly of the genus Drosophila, esp D. melanogaster, a species widely used in laboratory genetics studies: family Drosophilidae. They feed on plant sap, decaying fruit, etcAlso called: fruit fly, vinegar fly
C19: New Latin, from Greek drosos dew, water + -phila; see -phile
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Word Origin and History for drosophila
scientific name of a fruit fly, 1829, from Modern Latin (Fallén, 1823), from Greek drosos "dew" + philos "loving" see -phile).
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- Any of various small fruit flies of the genus Drosophila, one species of which (D. melanogaster) is used extensively in genetic research to study patterns of inheritance and the functions of genes.
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