unit character

  1. a characteristic, usually controlled by a single gene, that is transmitted as a unit in heredity.

Origin of unit character

First recorded in 1905–10

Words Nearby unit character

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How to use unit character in a sentence

  • Tallness in the pea is a unit-character, and the gametes in which it is represented are said to contain the factor for tallness.

    Mendelism | Reginald Crundall Punnett
  • It will, for instance, require very strong evidence to establish feeble-mindedness as a unit character.

    Applied Eugenics | Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • The inheritance of eye color serves as a paradigm of the method of inheritance of any unit-character.

  • How can one speak of a unit character, when the "unit" has an infinite number of values?

    Applied Eugenics | Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • Despite the obscuration of imperfect dominance, polydactylism in poultry proves itself to be a unit-character that segregates.

British Dictionary definitions for unit character

unit character

  1. genetics a character inherited as a single unit and dependent on a single gene

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