autosome

[aw-tuh-sohm]
noun Genetics.
any chromosome other than a sex chromosome.
Also called euchromosome.


Origin:
1905–10; auto-1 + -some3

autosomal, adjective
autosomally, adverb
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autosome (ˈɔːtəˌsəʊm)
 
n
any chromosome that is not a sex chromosome
 
auto'somal
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

autosome
coined 1906 by U.S. cytologist T.H. Montgomery (1873-1912), from auto- + Gk. soma "body." Related: Autosomal (1930).
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autosome au·to·some (ô'tə-sōm')
n.
A chromosome other than a sex chromosome, normally occurring in pairs in somatic cells and singly in gametes.


au'to·so'mal (-sō'məl) adj.
au'to·so'mal·ly adv.
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Example sentences
It may be inherited as an autosomal dominant or autosomal recessive trait.
The disease is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder.
In autosomal dominant nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy, a rare inherited form,
  seizures often occur during sleep.
Multiple lentigines syndrome is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait.
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