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phenotype Line breaks: pheno|type
Pronunciation: /ˈfiːnə(ʊ)tʌɪp/

Definition of phenotype in English:


The set of observable characteristics of an individual resulting from the interaction of its genotype with the environment.
Example sentences
  • Plasticity is the property of a given genotype to produce different phenotypes depending on the environment.
  • For a parent with observed phenotypes, its actual genotypes can be inferred similarly.
  • A classic forward genetics approach relies on the identification of observable mutant phenotypes.


Early 20th century: from German Phaenotypus (see pheno-, type).



Pronunciation: /fiːnə(ʊ)ˈtɪpɪk/
Example sentences
  • Eukaryotic phenotypic diversity arises from multitasking of a core proteome of limited size.
  • Progeny was examined for phenotypic traits and was genotyped for markers diagnostic of the parents.
  • It turned out that the same phenotypic trait of long wing veins evolved by different genetic mechanisms.


Pronunciation: /fiːnə(ʊ)ˈtɪpɪk(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • There is no defining collection of racially significant genes, for any presumptive race, that always gets inherited together, and no defining collection of phenotypical traits that all members of any race have.
  • Physical gender usually follows the pattern laid down by the genes, but mutations such as Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome can turn genetic males into phenotypical females, and Congenital Adrenal Hypreplasia the reverse.
  • All of the wildcats showed the typical wildcat coat color patterns, and we did not observe wildcats showing phenotypical traits suggesting hybridization.


Pronunciation: /fiːnə(ʊ)ˈtɪpɪk(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • Very limited female germline development and gene expression occur in 1X germ cells in a phenotypically female soma.
  • Diploid, triploid, and tetraploid A. thaliana were phenotypically very similar, the most obvious difference being flower size, which increased with ploidy.
  • In organisms that produce two phenotypically different sexes, sexual development is the result of the modification of a basic developmental program in order that one of the sexes can develop.

Words that rhyme with phenotype

linotype • Monotype

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