recessive trait

In genetics, a trait that must be contributed by both parents in order to appear in the offspring. Recessive traits can be carried in a person's genes without appearing in that person. For example, a dark-haired person may have one gene for dark hair, which is a dominant trait, and one gene for light hair, which is recessive. It is thus possible for two dark-haired parents to have a light-haired child, provided each parent contributes a gene for light hair.

Nearby words

  1. recessionproof,
  2. recessive,
  3. recessive character,
  4. recessive gene,
  5. recessive inheritance,
  6. recessively,
  7. rechabite,
  8. rechar,
  9. recharge,
  10. rechargeable

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