[ plahy-uh-trop-ik, -troh-pik ]
/ ˌplaɪ əˈtrɒp ɪk, -ˈtroʊ pɪk /
Genetics. responsible for or affecting more than one phenotypic characteristic: Scientists are trying to determine if the various effects of pleiotropic genes are sensitive in different ways to different environmental influences.
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OTHER WORDS FROM pleiotropicplei·o·trop·ic·al·ly, adverb
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Darwin called the same phenomenon the “correlation of growth” and geneticist today study what they call “pleiotropic effects.”