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centimorgan

Line breaks: centi|morgan
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛntɪˌmɔːɡ(ə)n
 
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(also centiMorgan)

Definition of centimorgan in English:

noun

Genetics
A map unit used to express the distance between two gene loci on a chromosome. A spacing of one centimorgan indicates a one per cent chance that two genes will be separated by crossing over.
Example sentences
  • Numbers to the left of the chromosome indicate the genetic distance in centimorgans from the centromere.
  • Each horizontal axis represents the genetic map of the indicated rat chromosome in Haldane centimorgans and the markers at which genotypes were determined.
  • The black numerals on the left of the chromosome indicate the genetic distance in centimorgans.

Origin

mid 20th century: from centi- (denoting a factor of one hundredth) + the name of T. H. Morgan (see Morgan, Thomas Hunt).

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