Definition of polygenic in English:

polygenic

Line breaks: poly|gen¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˌpɒlɪˈdʒɛnɪk
 
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adjective

Genetics
  • Relating to or determined by polygenes: the theory of polygenic inheritance
    More example sentences
    • Monogenic and polygenic inheritance of adult resistance under controlled and field conditions has been reported in the literature.
    • In the Belgian tervuren and sheepdog, epilepsy is highly heritable with a polygenic mode of inheritance, though apparently influenced by a single autosomal recessive locus of large effect.
    • The technique is intended to integrate Mendelian transmission genetics, allelic frequency, and penetrance with the patterns of covariance expected in polygenic inheritance.

Derivatives

polygenically

adverb
More example sentences
  • Quantitative trait loci analyses have recently been initiated to map some of these polygenically controlled traits.
  • The evolutionary ramifications of such a mosaic of temporal and spatial gene expression patterns on direct and correlated response to selection in complex, polygenically controlled traits could be considerable.
  • Bone density is suggested to be multifactorially regulated and polygenically determined.

Origin

1940s: from Greek polugenēs 'of many kinds' + -ic.

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