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[het-er-uh-zahy-guh s]
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adjective Biology.
  1. having dissimilar pairs of genes for any hereditary characteristic.
  2. of or relating to a heterozygote.
Also het·er·o·zy·got·ic [het-uh-roh-zahy-got-ik] /ˌhɛt ə roʊ zaɪˈgɒt ɪk/.

Origin of heterozygous

1900–05; hetero- + Greek zygós, adj. derivative of zygón yolk; see -ous
Related formshet·er·o·zy·gos·i·ty [het-uh-roh-zahy-gos-i-tee] /ˌhɛt ə roʊ zaɪˈgɒs ɪ ti/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for heterozygotic


  1. genetics (of an organism) having different alleles for any one geneheterozygous for eye colour Compare homozygous
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Word Origin and History for heterozygotic



1889, from heterozygote, from hetero- + zygote.

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heterozygotic in Medicine


  1. Having different alleles at one or more corresponding chromosomal loci.
  2. Of or relating to a heterozygote.
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heterozygotic in Science


  1. Relating to a cell that has two different alleles at corresponding positions on homologous chromosomes. Compare homozygous.
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