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autosome

[aw-tuh-sohm]
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noun Genetics.
  1. any chromosome other than a sex chromosome.
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Origin of autosome

First recorded in 1905–10; auto-1 + -some3
Also called euchromosome.
Related formsau·to·so·mal, adjectiveau·to·so·mal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for autosomal

Historical Examples

  • It is an autosomal character, a member of the second group of linked gens.

    Sex-linked Inheritance in Drosophila

    Thomas Hunt Morgan


British Dictionary definitions for autosomal

autosome

noun
  1. any chromosome that is not a sex chromosome
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Derived Formsautosomal, adjective
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Word Origin and History for autosomal

autosome

n.

coined 1906 by U.S. cytologist T.H. Montgomery (1873-1912), from auto- + -some (3)). Related: Autosomal.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

autosomal in Medicine

autosome

tə-sōm′)
n.
  1. A chromosome other than a sex chromosome, normally occurring in pairs in somatic cells and singly in gametes.
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Related formsau′to•somal (-sōməl) adj.au′to•somal•ly adv.
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