hemizygote

[hem-i-zahy-goht, -zig-oht]

noun Genetics.

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

Nearby words

  1. hemiterpene,
  2. hemithorax,
  3. hemitrope,
  4. hemivertebra,
  5. hemizygosity,
  6. hemizygotic,
  7. hemizygous,
  8. hemline,
  9. hemlock,
  10. hemlock looper

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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British Dictionary definitions for hemizygous

hemizygous

adjective

genetics (of a chromosome or gene) not having a homologue; not paired in a diploid cell
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Medicine definitions for hemizygous

hemizygous

[hĕm′ĭ-zīgəs]

adj.

Having unpaired genes in an otherwise diploid cell.

hemizygote

[hĕm′ĭ-zīgōt′]

n.

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

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