[ het-er-uh-zahy-guhs ]
/ ˌhɛt ər əˈzaɪ gəs /
having dissimilar pairs of genes for any hereditary characteristic.
of or relating to a heterozygote.
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Also het·er·o·zy·got·ic [het-uh-roh-zahy-got-ik]. /ˌhɛt ə roʊ zaɪˈgɒt ɪk/.
Origin of heterozygous
+ Greek zygós,
adj. derivative of zygón
yolk; see -ous
OTHER WORDS FROM heterozygoushet·er·o·zy·gos·i·ty [het-uh-roh-zahy-gos-i-tee], /ˌhɛt ə roʊ zaɪˈgɒs ɪ ti/, noun
Words nearby heterozygous
, heteroxenous parasite
, He that is not with me is against me
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Example sentences from the Web for heterozygous
This would indicate that the frog belongs to those animals in which the male is heterozygous for sex.
Being heterozygous for two factors they will produce four kinds of gametes in equal numbers, viz.
Such birds being heterozygous for the inhibitor factor, should be whites showing some coloured "ticks."
The cross between a heterozygous dominant and a recessive also leads to equal numbers of recessives and of heterozygous dominants.
genetics (of an organism) having different alleles for any one geneheterozygous for eye colour Compare homozygous
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Having different alleles at one or more corresponding chromosomal loci.
Of or relating to a heterozygote.
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Relating to a cell that has two different alleles at corresponding positions on homologous chromosomes. Compare homozygous.
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