Definition of wild type in English:

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[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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