Definition of reciprocal cross in English:

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reciprocal cross

noun

Genetics
A pair of crosses between a male of one strain and a female of another, and vice versa.
Example sentences
  • The reciprocal cross produces only hybrid males, with females dying as embryos.
  • Males from both reciprocal crosses do not express the lethal phenotype, indicating that the effect is not associated with the X chromosome.
  • A simple way to detect genetic maternal effects consists of conducing reciprocal crosses between strains that have been kept in the same environment for several generations.

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Syllabification: re·cip·ro·cal cross

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