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Mendel

[men-dl] /ˈmɛn dl/
noun
1.
Gregor Johann
[greg-er yoh-hahn;; German grey-gawr yoh-hahn] /ˈgrɛg ər ˈyoʊ hɑn;; German ˈgreɪ gɔr ˈyoʊ hɑn/ (Show IPA),
1822–84, Austrian monk and botanist.
2.
a male given name, form of Mandel.
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  • It is an honorable position and one which our little Mendel will some day be able to fill.

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  • So at least thought Mendel, and so thought a score of enamored youths beside.

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  • Mendel and Recha were bound to each other by indissoluble ties.

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  • Mendel was ever at his side as a helper, until he grew into the office.

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  • Mendel began by alluding to the sad demise of the beloved Rabbi.

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  • Mendel unfolded his views briefly to the astonished Governor.

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  • Mendel himself led them on with an ardor that knew no abatement.

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  • "I look into the year just begun with great hopes," continued Mendel.

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  • "I seek Mendel Winenki," said the man, with military precision.

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  • "We are trying to reach Kief, where we have friends," answered Mendel.

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British Dictionary definitions for Mendel

Mendel

/ˈmɛndəl/
noun
1.
Gregor Johann (ˈɡreːɡɔr joˈhan). 1822–84, Austrian monk and botanist; founder of the science of genetics. He developed his theory of organic inheritance from his experiments on the hybridization of green peas. His findings were published (1865) but remained unrecognized until 1900 See Mendel's laws
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Mendel in Medicine

Mendel Men·del (měn'dl), Gregor Johann. 1822-1884.

Austrian botanist and founder of the science of genetics. He discovered Mendel's laws.

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Mendel in Science
Mendel
  (měn'dl)   
Austrian botanist and founder of the science of genetics. He formulated the important principles, known as Mendel's laws, that form the basis of modern genetics.

Our Living Language  : In 1851 Austrian monk Gregor Mendel was sent by his monastery to the University of Vienna to study mathematics and science. Upon his return in 1854, be began teaching science, and several years later he began his now-famous series of hybridization experiments with garden peas in the monastery's small garden. There Mendel cross-pollinated plants of different sizes and shapes as well as plants that produced different colored flowers or peas. Analyzing each generation of new plants, he observed that some characteristics remained constant (or dominant) in every generation, while others remained hidden (or recessive), appearing only in later generations. Mendel called the units of inheritance factors and proved that two such factors, one from each parent, exist for each trait. A dominant trait requires only one factor for it to appear, but a recessive trait requires both. We now call the units of inheritance genes, and we know that each gene, which is composed of a DNA sequence, occupies a specific place on the chromosome. Although Mendel's rules of inheritance were published in 1865 in his article "Versuche über Pflanzenhybriden" ("Experiments with Plant Hybrids"), his work was ignored until 1900, when it was rediscovered by the Dutch botanist Hugo de Vries (1878-1918).
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