law of independent assortment


noun Genetics.

the principle, originated by Gregor Mendel, stating that when two or more characteristics are inherited, individual hereditary factors assort independently during gamete production, giving different traits an equal opportunity of occurring together.

Nearby words

  1. law of excluded middle,
  2. law of exponents,
  3. law of gravitation,
  4. law of heart,
  5. law of identity,
  6. law of inertia,
  7. law of inverse square,
  8. law of large numbers,
  9. law of mass action,
  10. law of moses

Origin of law of independent assortment

First recorded in 1940–45

Also called Mendel's second law, Mendel's law.

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Medicine definitions for law of in dependent assortment

law of independent assortment

n.

Mendel's law

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Science definitions for law of in dependent assortment

law of independent assortment

See under Mendel's law.
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