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polygene

[pol-ee-jeen] /ˈpɒl iˌdʒin/
noun, Genetics
1.
one of a group of nonallelic genes that together control a quantitative characteristic in an organism.
Also called multiple factor, quantitative gene.
Origin of polygene
1940-1945
1940-45; back formation from polygenic; see poly-, gene, -ic
Related forms
polygenic
[pol-ee-jen-ik] /ˌpɒl iˈdʒɛn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for polygenic

polygenic

/ˌpɒliˈdʒɛnik/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or controlled by polygenes: polygenic inheritance

polygene

/ˈpɒlɪˌdʒiːn/
noun
1.
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
adj.

1823, from poly- + -genic. Used in chemistry from 1873 for "forming two or more compounds" (with hydrogen or another univalent element). Related: Polygenetic.

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polygenic in Medicine

polygenic pol·y·gen·ic (pŏl'ē-jěn'ĭk)
adj.
Relating to a characteristic or disease controlled by the interaction of genes at more than one locus.

polygene pol·y·gene (pŏl'ē-jēn')
n.
One of a group of nonallelic genes acting together to produce quantitative variations of a particular character.

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