linkage

[ling-kij]

noun


Nearby words

  1. linitis,
  2. linitis plastica,
  3. link,
  4. link motion,
  5. link trainer,
  6. linkage disequilibrium,
  7. linkage editor,
  8. linkage group,
  9. linkage marker,
  10. linkboy

Origin of linkage

First recorded in 1870–75; link1 + -age

Related formsnon·link·age, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for linkage

linkage

noun

the act of linking or the state of being linked
a system of interconnected levers or rods for transmitting or regulating the motion of a mechanism
electronics the product of the total number of lines of magnetic flux and the number of turns in a coil or circuit through which they pass
genetics the occurrence of two genes close together on the same chromosome so that they are unlikely to be separated during crossing over and tend to be inherited as a single unit
the fact of linking separate but related issues in the course of political negotiations
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Word Origin and History for linkage

linkage

n.

1874, from link (v.) + -age.

To understand the principle of Peaucellier's link-work, it is convenient to consider previously certain properties of a linkage, (to coin a new and useful word of general application), consisting of an arrangement of six links, obtained in the following manner ... (etc.). ["Recent Discoveries in Mechanical Conservation of Motion," in "Van Nostrand's Eclectic Engineering Magazine," vol. XI, July-December 1874]
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Medicine definitions for linkage

linkage

[lĭngkĭj]

n.

An association between two or more genes such that the traits they control tend to be inherited together.

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