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polygene

[ pol-ee-jeen ]
/ ˈpɒl iˌdʒin /
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noun Genetics
one of a group of nonallelic genes that together control a quantitative characteristic in an organism.
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Also called multiple factor, quantitative gene .

Origin of polygene

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
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British Dictionary definitions for polygene

polygene
/ (ˈpɒlɪˌdʒiːn) /

noun
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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