phenocopy

[ fee-nuh-kop-ee ]
/ ˈfi nəˌkɒp i /

noun, plural phe·no·cop·ies. Genetics.

the observed result of an environmentally induced, nongenetic alteration of a phenotype to a form that resembles the expression of a known genetic mutation.

Nearby words

  1. phenix city,
  2. phenmetrazine,
  3. pheno-,
  4. phenobarbital,
  5. phenobarbitone,
  6. phenocryst,
  7. phenodeviant,
  8. phenogram,
  9. phenol,
  10. phenol coefficient

Origin of phenocopy

< German Phänokopie (1935); see phenotype, copy

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British Dictionary definitions for phenocopy

phenocopy

/ (ˈfiːnəʊˌkɒpɪ) /

noun plural -copies

a noninheritable change in an organism that is caused by environmental influence during development but resembles the effects of a genetic mutation
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Medicine definitions for phenocopy

phenocopy

[ fēnə-kŏp′ē ]

n.

An environmentally induced, nonhereditary variation in an organism, closely resembling a genetically determined trait.
An individual exhibiting such a variation.

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