[ hem-i-zahy-goht, -zig-oht ]
/ ˌhɛm ɪˈzaɪ goʊt, -ˈzɪg oʊt /

noun Genetics.

an individual having only one of a given pair of genes.

Origin of hemizygote

First recorded in 1930–35; hemi- + zygote
Related formshem·i·zy·gous [hem-i-zahy-guh s] /ˌhɛm ɪˈzaɪ gəs/, adjective
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Medicine definitions for hemizygote


[ hĕm′ĭ-zīgōt′ ]


An individual that is hemizygous with respect to one or more specified genes.
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