prepotency

[ pree-poht-n-see ]
/ priˈpoʊt n si /

noun Genetics.

the ability of one parent to impress its hereditary characters on its progeny because it possesses more homozygous, dominant, or epistatic genes.

Nearby words

  1. prepossess,
  2. prepossessing,
  3. prepossession,
  4. preposterous,
  5. prepostor,
  6. prepotent,
  7. prepotential,
  8. preppie,
  9. preppy,
  10. preprandial

Origin of prepotency

1640–50 for general sense “predominance”; < Latin praepotentia. See prepotent, -ency

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British Dictionary definitions for prepotency

prepotency

/ (prɪˈpəʊtənsɪ) /

noun

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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