unit character


noun Genetics.

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
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Examples from the Web for unit character

Historical Examples of unit character

  • First of all, we find useful the principle of the unit-character.

  • The factor for this or that unit-character is either present in the gamete or it is not present.


    Reginald Crundall Punnett

  • Despite the obscuration of imperfect dominance, polydactylism in poultry proves itself to be a unit-character that segregates.

  • The inheritance of eye color serves as a paradigm of the method of inheritance of any unit-character.

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


    Reginald Crundall Punnett

British Dictionary definitions for unit character

unit character


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