- the ability of one parent to impress its hereditary characters on its progeny because it possesses more homozygous, dominant, or epistatic genes.
Origin of prepotency
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Examples from the Web for prepotency
But this epoch of Ghibelline prepotency in Tuscany was brief.
But the Noveschi were by no means prepared to relinquish their prepotency.
The truth of the principle of prepotency comes out more clearly when certain races are crossed.
The law of prepotency comes into action when species are crossed, as with races and individuals.
It is therefore not surprising that every one hitherto has been baffled in drawing up general rules on the subject of prepotency.
- the state or condition of being prepotent
- genetics the ability of one parent to transmit more characteristics to its offspring than the other parent
- botany the ability of pollen from one source to bring about fertilization more readily than that from other sources
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