Definition of colinearity in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkəʊlɪnɪˈarɪti/


[mass noun] Genetics
The relationship between the linear sequence of nucleic acid bases in the DNA of the gene and the sequence of amino acids in the protein encoded by the DNA.
Example sentences
  • Ironically, our studies establishing gene - protein colinearity were performed with an enzyme consisting of two polypeptides encoded by adjacent genes in E. coli.
  • The order and colinearity of these genes seems not to be disrupted between the two species.
  • However, temporal colinearity of Hox gene expression and compact Hox clusters have so far only been described in the cephalochordate, amphioxus, and in vertebrates, but not in Cnidaria, Lophotrochozoa, or Ecdysozoa.

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