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homozygous

[ hoh-muh-zahy-guhs, hom-uh- ]
/ ˌhoʊ məˈzaɪ gəs, ˌhɒm ə- /
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adjective Biology.

having identical pairs of genes for any given pair of hereditary characteristics.
of or relating to a homozygote.

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Also ho·mo·zy·got·ic [hoh-moh-zahy-got-ik, hom-oh-]. /ˌhoʊ moʊ zaɪˈgɒt ɪk, ˌhɒm oʊ-/.

Origin of homozygous

1900–05; homo- + Greek -zygos;see zygo-, -ous
ho·mo·zy·gos·i·ty [hoh-moh-zahy-gos-i-tee, -zi-, hom-oh-], /ˌhoʊ moʊ zaɪˈgɒs ɪ ti, -zɪ-, ˌhɒm oʊ-/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for homozygous

homozygous
/ (ˌhəʊməʊˈzaɪɡəs, -ˈzɪɡ-, ˌhɒm-) /

adjective

genetics (of an organism) having identical alleles for any one genethese two fruit flies are homozygous for red eye colour Compare heterozygous
homozygously, adverb
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Medical definitions for homozygous

homozygous
[ hō′mō-zīgəs, -mə-, hŏm′ə- ]

adj.

Having the same alleles at one or more gene loci on homologous chromosome segments.
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Scientific definitions for homozygous

homozygous
[ hō′mō-zīgəs ]

Relating to a cell that has two identical alleles for a particular trait at corresponding positions on homologous chromosomes. Compare heterozygous.
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