- one of a group of nonallelic genes that together control a quantitative characteristic in an organism.
Origin of polygene
Also called multiple factor, quantitative gene.
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- of, relating to, or controlled by polygenespolygenic inheritance
- any of a group of genes that each produce a small quantitative effect on a particular characteristic of the phenotype, such as height
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Word Origin and History for polygenic
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Relating to a characteristic or disease controlled by the interaction of genes at more than one locus.
- One of a group of nonallelic genes acting together to produce quantitative variations of a particular character.
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