epistasis

[ ih-pis-tuh-sis ]
/ ɪˈpɪs tə sɪs /

noun, plural e·pis·ta·ses [ih-pis-tuh-seez] /ɪˈpɪs təˌsiz/.

Genetics. a form of interaction between nonallelic genes in which one combination of such genes has a dominant effect over other combinations.
Medicine/Medical.
  1. the stoppage of a secretion or discharge.
  2. a scum that forms on a urine specimen upon standing.

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Origin of epistasis

First recorded in 1915–20, epistasis is from the Greek word epístasis stopping, stoppage. See epi-, stasis

OTHER WORDS FROM epistasis

ep·i·stat·ic [ep-uh-stat-ik] /ˌɛp əˈstæt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for epistasis

epistasis
/ (ɪˈpɪstəsɪs) /

noun

obsolete scum on the surface of a liquid, esp on an old specimen of urine
med the arrest or checking of a bodily discharge, esp bleeding
Also called: hypostasis genetics the suppression by a gene of the effect of another gene that is not its allele

Derived forms of epistasis

epistatic (ˌɛpɪˈstætɪk), adjective

Word Origin for epistasis

C19: from Greek: a stopping, from ephistanai to stop, from epi- + histanai to put
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Medical definitions for epistasis

epistasis
[ ĭ-pĭstə-sĭs ]

n. pl. e•pis•ta•ses (-sēz′)

A film that forms over the surface of a urine specimen.
An interaction between nonallelic genes, especially an interaction in which one gene suppresses the expression of another.
The suppression of a bodily discharge or secretion.

Other words from epistasis

ep′i•static (ĕp′ĭ-stătĭk) adj.
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