[ plahy-o-truh-pee ]
/ plaɪˈɒ trə pi /
the phenomenon of one gene being responsible for or affecting more than one phenotypic characteristic.
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OTHER WORDS FROM pleiotropyplei·o·trop·ic [plahy-uh-trop-ik, -troh-pik], /ˌplaɪ əˈtrɒp ɪk, -ˈtroʊ pɪk/, adjectiveplei·o·trop·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Darwin called the same phenomenon the “correlation of growth” and geneticist today study what they call “pleiotropic effects.”