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unit character

noun, Genetics.
1.
a characteristic, usually controlled by a single gene, that is transmitted as a unit in heredity.
Origin of unit character
1905-1910
First recorded in 1905-10
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Examples from the Web for unit character
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  • Why is there such variation in the results produced by a unit character?

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • Now what has become of the unit character, feeble-mindedness?

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • It will, for instance, require very strong evidence to establish feeble-mindedness as a unit character.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • How can one speak of a unit character, when the "unit" has an infinite number of values?

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for unit character

unit character

noun
1.
(genetics) a character inherited as a single unit and dependent on a single gene
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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