• synonyms

dominant trait

In genetics, a trait that will appear in the offspring if one of the parents contributes it. (Compare recessive trait.)


How Tastes Became TraitsPersonality traits are hard to change. But you can look to your food for inspiration to become a little sweeter, or perhaps spicier.

Nearby words

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In humans, dark hair is a dominant trait; if one parent contributes a gene for dark hair and the other contributes a gene for light hair, the child will have dark hair.
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