wild type


noun Genetics.

an organism having an appearance that is characteristic of the species in a natural breeding population.
the form or forms of a gene commonly occurring in nature in a given species.

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Related formswild-type, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for wild type

wild type


biology the typical form of a species of organism resulting from breeding under natural conditions
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Medicine definitions for wild type

wild type

[ wīld ]


The typical form of an organism, strain, gene, or characteristic as it occurs in nature, as distinguished from mutant forms that may result from selective breeding.

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