multiple allele


noun Genetics.

any one of a series of three or more alternative or allelic forms of a gene, only two of which can exist in any normal, diploid individual.

Nearby words

  1. multiped,
  2. multiphase,
  3. multiplane,
  4. multiplayer,
  5. multiple,
  6. multiple alleles,
  7. multiple birth,
  8. multiple chemical sensitivity,
  9. multiple choice,
  10. multiple cropping

Origin of multiple allele

First recorded in 1935–40

Related formsmultiple allelism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for multiple alleles

multiple alleles

pl n

three or more alternative forms of a particular gene existing in a population
Derived Formsmultiple allelism, noun

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