Definition of Heterozygote

1. Noun. (genetics) an organism having two different alleles of a particular gene and so giving rise to varying offspring.

Generic synonyms: Fertilized Ovum, Zygote
Category relationships: Genetic Science, Genetics

Definition of Heterozygote

1. Noun. (genetics) A diploid individual that has different alleles at one or more genetic loci. ¹

2. Noun. (biology) A bacteriophage that has two different copies of its genetic material and so produces two types of offspring. ¹

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Definition of Heterozygote

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Medical Definition of Heterozygote

1. Nucleus, cell or organism with different alleles of one or more specific genes. A heterozygous organism will produce unlike gametes and thus will not breed true. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Heterozygote

heterotypic cortex
heterovaccine therapy
heteroxenous parasite
heterozygosity index
heterozygote (current term)
heterozygote detection

Literary usage of Heterozygote

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1. Genetics; an Introduction to the Study of Heredity by Herbert Eugene Walter (1922)
"The only sure way to identify a heterozygote is by breeding to a recessive and observing the kind of offspring produced. Peas of the formulas TT and T(t), ..."

2. Genetics: An Introduction to the Study of Heredity by Herbert Eugene Walter (1913)
"THE IDENTIFICATION OF A heterozygote "Homozygote" and "heterozygote" are terms then descriptive solely of the genotypical constitution of organisms, and, ..."

3. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1903)
"Even in the pea it is not the case that the heterozygote always shows the ... Besides these, there are undoubtedly cases in which the heterozygote may show ..."

4. The Journal of Cancer Research (1916)
"The heterozygous lines, if inbred, will continue to split until the end of time, giving the same three types. Now, the role of the heterozygote in this ..."

5. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1915)
"(2) In case both parents are heterozygote sound, the sound and the schizophrenic progeny show in a proportion of three to one as ..."

6. Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society by Cambridge Philosophical Society (1906)
"My first experiments in this direction led me to conclude that the heterozygote in such cases was a true two-rowed individual, and that its progeny ..."

7. Mendelism by Reginald Crundall Punnett (1909)
"The theory of gametic purity can be further tested by deducing from it the results which should follow from crossing the heterozygote with either of the ..."

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