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parental Tweet Definition of parental Like Definition of parental on Facebook
adjective
  1. of, or related to a parent
  2. (genetics) of the generation of organisms that produce a hybrid
permissive Tweet Definition of permissive Like Definition of permissive on Facebook
adjective
  1. Giving, or predisposed to give permission; lenient.
phenotype Tweet Definition of phenotype Like Definition of phenotype on Facebook
noun
  1. The appearance of an organism based on a multifactorial combination of genetic traits and environmental factors, esp. used in pedigrees.
polygene Tweet Definition of polygene Like Definition of polygene on Facebook
noun
  1. (genetics) A group of nonallelic genes that act together to produce phenotype variations
polygenesis Tweet Definition of polygenesis Like Definition of polygenesis on Facebook
noun
  1. (biology) The theory that living organisms originate in cells or embryos of different kinds, instead of coming from a single cell; -- opposed to monogenesis.
polygenetic Tweet Definition of polygenetic Like Definition of polygenetic on Facebook
adjective
  1. Having many distinct sources; originating at various places or times.
  2. (biology) Of or pertaining to polygenesis; polyphyletic.
  3. (geology) One which is composite, or consists of two or more monogenetic ranges, each having had its own history of development.
polygenism Tweet Definition of polygenism Like Definition of polygenism on Facebook
noun
  1. (ethnology) The belief that humans descended from more than one ancestral pair.
    • 2003: Such pigmental indelibility spelt for some: blacks formed a distinct species altogether, a separate creation. " Roy Porter, Flesh in the Age of Reason (Penguin 2004, p. 248)
polyploid Tweet Definition of polyploid Like Definition of polyploid on Facebook
noun
  1. a cell or organism that has more than the usual number of complete sets of chromosomes
adjective
  1. having more than the usual number of complete sets of chromosomes in a single cell
prepotency Tweet Definition of prepotency Like Definition of prepotency on Facebook
noun
  1. The quality or condition of being prepotent; predominance.
  2. (biology) The capacity, on the part of one of the parents, as compared with the other, to transmit more than his or her own share of characteristics to their offspring.
prepotent Tweet Definition of prepotent Like Definition of prepotent on Facebook
adjective
  1. Very powerful; superior in force, influence, or authority; predominant.
  2. (biology) Characterized by prepotency.
probe Tweet Definition of probe Like Definition of probe on Facebook
noun
  1. a device, or part of a device, used to explore, investigate or measure
Insert the into the soil and read the temperature.
  1. an investigation or inquiry
They launched a into the cause of the accident.
proper nounProbe
  1. a model of Ford automobile
verb (prob, es)
  1. (context, transitive, intransitive) To explore, investigate, or question
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