polygene

[ pol-ee-jeen ]

nounGenetics
  1. one of a group of nonallelic genes that together control a quantitative characteristic in an organism.

Origin of polygene

1
1940–45; back formation from polygenic;see poly-, gene, -ic

Other words from polygene

  • pol·y·gen·ic [pol-ee-jen-ik], /ˌpɒl iˈdʒɛn ɪk/, adjective

Words Nearby polygene

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British Dictionary definitions for polygene

polygene

/ (ˈpɒlɪˌdʒiːn) /


noun
  1. any of a group of genes that each produce a small quantitative effect on a particular characteristic of the phenotype, such as height

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