/ (plaɪˈɒtrəˌpɪzəm) /
genetics the condition of a gene of affecting more than one characteristic of the phenotype
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Medical definitions for pleiotropism
[ plī-ŏt′rə-pĭz′əm ]
The control by a single gene of several distinct and seemingly unrelated phenotypic effects.
Other words from pleiotropismplei′o•trop′ic (plī′ə-trŏp′ĭk, -trō′pĭk) adj.
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