[ seks-ling-kij ]

  1. an association between genes in sex chromosomes such that the characteristics determined by these genes appear more frequently in one sex than in the other.

Origin of sex-linkage

First recorded in 1910–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sex-linkage in a sentence

  • The F2 ratio in table 21 is evidently the 2:1:1 ratio typical of sex-linkage, but with the bow males running behind expectation.

British Dictionary definitions for sex linkage

sex linkage

  1. genetics the condition in which a particular gene is located on a sex chromosome, esp on the X-chromosome, so that the character controlled by the gene is associated with either of the sexes

Derived forms of sex linkage

  • sexlinked, adjective

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Scientific definitions for sex linkage

sex linkage

  1. The condition in which a gene responsible for a trait is located on a sex chromosome, resulting in sexually dependent inheritance of the trait.

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