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law of independent assortment

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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.

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

Origin of law of independent assortment

First recorded in 1940–45
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law of independent assortment

See under Mendel's law.
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