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drosophila

[ droh-sof-uh-luh, druh- ]
/ dro蕣藞s蓲f 蓹 l蓹, dr蓹- /
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noun, plural dro路soph路i路las, dro路soph路i路lae [droh-sof-uh-lee, druh-]. /dro蕣藞s蓲f 蓹藢li, dr蓹-/.
a fly of the genus Drosophila, especially D. melanogaster, used in laboratory studies of genetics and development.
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Origin of drosophila

<New Latin <Greek dr贸so(s) dew + New Latin -phila<Greek -phil膿, feminine of -philos-phile
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British Dictionary definitions for drosophila

drosophila
/ (dr蓲藞s蓲f瑟l蓹) /

noun plural -las or -lae (-藢li藧)
any small dipterous fly of the genus Drosophila, esp D. melanogaster, a species widely used in laboratory genetics studies: family Drosophilidae. They feed on plant sap, decaying fruit, etcAlso called: fruit fly, vinegar fly

Word Origin for drosophila

C19: New Latin, from Greek drosos dew, water + -phila; see -phile
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Scientific definitions for drosophila

drosophila
[ dr艒-s艔f蓹-l蓹 ]

Any of various small fruit flies of the genus Drosophila, one species of which (D. melanogaster) is used extensively in genetic research to study patterns of inheritance and the functions of genes.
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