Definition of allele in English:

allele

Line breaks: al¦lele
Pronunciation: /ˈaliːl
 
/

noun

Genetics
Each of two or more alternative forms of a gene that arise by mutation and are found at the same place on a chromosome. Also called allelomorph.
More example sentences
  • This result is consistent with the idea that the five members of the group are alleles of the same gene.
  • These genes have multiple alleles and are expressed either in the stigma or in the pollen.
  • We have no two plant lines that are identical for all alleles of genes yet differ appreciably for genome size.

Origin

1930s: from German Allel, abbreviation of allelomorph.

Derivatives

allelic

Pronunciation: /əˈliːlɪk/
adjective
More example sentences
  • If the two genes carry different alleles, then the allelic genealogy states only that they are different.
  • Positions are defined independently of the allelic states of the genes that reside there.
  • In contrast to the human situation this gene displays reduced allelic variation.

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