- that one of a pair of alternative alleles whose effect is masked by the activity of the second when both are present in the same cell or organism.
- the trait or character determined by such an allele.Compare dominant(def 6).
Origin of recessive
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Examples from the Web for recessive
In stark contrast with the sunny personality of his predecessor, Tony Blair, Brown's demeanor is dour, recessive and technocratic.The Upside of Bullying
February 23, 2010
The Himalayan pattern behaves as a recessive to self-colour.Mendelism
Reginald Crundall Punnett
The defect seems to behave in the manner of a Mendelian recessive.Being Well-Born
Michael F. Guyer
Yellow is said therefore to be dominant and green to be recessive.
This normal factor is recessive for notch but dominant for life.
The preceding examples have all related to recessive characters.
- tending to recede or go back; receding
- (of a gene) capable of producing its characteristic phenotype in the organism only when its allele is identical
- (of a character) controlled by such a geneCompare dominant (def. 4)
- linguistics (of stress) tending to be placed on or near the initial syllable of a polysyllabic word
- a recessive gene or character
- an organism having such a gene or character
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Word Origin and History for recessive
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- Tending to go backward or recede.
- Of, relating to, or being an allele that does not produce a characteristic effect when present with a dominant allele.
- Of, relating to, or being a trait expressed only when the determining allele is present in the homozygous condition.
- A recessive allele or trait.
- An organism having a recessive trait.
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- Relating to the form of a gene that is not expressed as a trait in an individual unless two such genes are inherited, one from each parent. In an organism having two different genes for a trait, the recessive form is overpowered by its counterpart, or dominant, form located on the other of a pair of chromosomes. In humans, lack of dimples is a recessive trait, while the presence of dimples is dominant. See more at carrier inheritance. Compare dominant.
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