Definition of heterozygote in English:

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heterozygote

Pronunciation: /hˌedərəˈzīɡōt/

noun

Genetics
An individual having two different alleles of a particular gene or genes, and so giving rise to varying offspring. Compare with homozygote.
Example sentences
  • In a population with variation on both sex chromosomes, one does not know which sex chromosome carries a specific allele in a heterozygote of the heterogametic sex.
  • In the case of heterozygotes, one allele was randomly selected for each individual.
  • Homozygotes and heterozygotes at individual sites were distinguished by their chromatographic patterns.

Derivatives

heterozygosity

Pronunciation: /-zīˈɡäsitē/
noun
Example sentences
  • None of the other ADHR haplotypes showed a significant reduction or excess of nucleotide heterozygosity.
  • We also analyzed the average heterozygosity and number of alleles per locus for each chromosome.
  • The mean expected heterozygosity was 0.84 and the mean observed heterozygosity was 0.73.

heterozygous

Pronunciation: /ˌhedərōˈzīɡəs/
adjective
Example sentences
  • In this latter group, no such asymmetry occurs because the sex chromosomes are equally heterozygous.
  • None of the 34 wild pupae tested was either homozygous or heterozygous for the I allele.
  • When heterozygous with a wild-type chromosome, the eyes are pale, with few if any spots.

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Syllabification: het·er·o·zy·gote

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