Definition of wild type in English:

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wild type

noun

[mass noun] Genetics
A strain, gene, or characteristic which prevails among individuals in natural conditions, as distinct from an atypical mutant type: this mutant produces about 15 times more enzyme than the wild type [as modifier]: wild-type alleles
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  • The mutation also reduced the copy number of the plasmids in otherwise wild-type strains.
  • One young insertion was found to be homozygous in two wild-type strains and absent in six others.
  • The clastogenic response of the three wild-type lines is statistically not significantly different.
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