Definition of phenotype in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfiːnə(ʊ)tʌɪp/


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).

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