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adjective Genetics.
  1. (of a gene character) expressed in one sex only.
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Origin of sex-limited

First recorded in 1905–10
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Historical Examples of sex-limited

  • The method of inheritance of two sex-limited characters in the same animal.

    Sex-linked Inheritance in Drosophila

    Thomas Hunt Morgan

  • This would indicate that the character is partially "sex-limited" (Morgan, 1914d) in its realization.

  • Sex-limited inheritance of this nature has been carefully worked out in particular cases in Lepidoptera and poultry.

  • No mental trait has ever been proved to be sex-limited in inheritance, or to exist as a secondary sex character.

  • However, these books stop where the problems of human life begin and should be supplemented by lessons for sex-limited classes.


    Maurice Alpheus Bigelow

British Dictionary definitions for sex-limited


  1. genetics of or designating a character or the gene producing it that appears in one sex only
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sex-limited in Medicine


  1. Occurring or appearing only in one sex. Used of a genetic character or phenotype.
  2. Having a sex-limited character or phenotype.
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