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heterozygote Syllabification: het·er·o·zy·gote
Pronunciation: /hedərəˈzīɡōt/

Definition of heterozygote in English:


An individual having two different alleles of a particular gene or genes, and so giving rise to varying offspring. Compare with homozygote.
Example sentences
  • In a population with variation on both sex chromosomes, one does not know which sex chromosome carries a specific allele in a heterozygote of the heterogametic sex.
  • In the case of heterozygotes, one allele was randomly selected for each individual.
  • Homozygotes and heterozygotes at individual sites were distinguished by their chromatographic patterns.


Pronunciation: /-zīˈɡäsitē/
Example sentences
  • None of the other ADHR haplotypes showed a significant reduction or excess of nucleotide heterozygosity.
  • We also analyzed the average heterozygosity and number of alleles per locus for each chromosome.
  • The mean expected heterozygosity was 0.84 and the mean observed heterozygosity was 0.73.
Pronunciation: /ˌhedərōˈzīɡəs/
Example sentences
  • In this latter group, no such asymmetry occurs because the sex chromosomes are equally heterozygous.
  • None of the 34 wild pupae tested was either homozygous or heterozygous for the I allele.
  • When heterozygous with a wild-type chromosome, the eyes are pale, with few if any spots.
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