pleiotropy

[ plahy-o-truh-pee ]
/ plaɪˈɒ trə pi /

noun Genetics.

the phenomenon of one gene being responsible for or affecting more than one phenotypic characteristic.

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Origin of pleiotropy

First recorded in 1935–40; pleio- + -tropy

OTHER WORDS FROM pleiotropy

plei·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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