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Mendelian

Line breaks: Men|del¦ian
Pronunciation: /mɛnˈdiːlɪən
 
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Definition of Mendelian in English:

adjective

Biology
Relating to Mendel’s theory of heredity: Mendelian genetics
More example sentences
  • Darwinian biology explained how humans evolved from other life forms, and Mendelian genetics showed how defective traits were inherited.
  • Since the 1860s Mendelian genetics has recognized that many phenotypic traits are related to functional units of heredity.
  • Many disorders that occur in families are known to have a genetic component but do not follow clear Mendelian patterns of inheritance.

noun

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A person who accepts or advocates Mendel’s theory of heredity.
Example sentences
  • The great debate between the Mendelians and the biometricians had begun.
  • The story of the emergence of theoretical population genetics, out of a tension between biometricians and Mendelians, has been told eloquently by Provine.
  • As John Maynard Smith points out, the early Mendelians - the people early in this century who rediscovered Mendel - at first thought of themselves as anti-Darwinians.

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