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penetrance

[ pen-i-truhns ]
/ ˈpɛn ɪ trəns /
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noun Genetics.
the frequency, expressed as a percentage, with which a particular gene produces its effect in a group of organisms.Compare expressivity (def. 2).
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Origin of penetrance

First recorded in 1635–45; penetr(ant) + -ance
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British Dictionary definitions for penetrance

penetrance
/ (ˈpɛnɪtrəns) /

noun
genetics the percentage frequency with which a gene exhibits its effect

Word Origin for penetrance

C20: from penetr (ant) + -ance, on the model of German penetranz
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Medical definitions for penetrance

penetrance
[ pĕnĭ-trəns ]

n.
The frequency, under given environmental conditions, with which a specific genotype is expressed by those individuals that possess it, usually given as a percentage.
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