genetic marker

noun
1.
any distinct inheritable indicator of identity and ancestry.
3.
a chromosomal landmark or allele that allows for the tracing of a specific region of DNA, as in the study of recombination.
Also called marker, marker gene.


Origin:
1945–50

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genetic marker
 
n
a gene with two or more alternative forms, producing readily identifiable variations in a particular character, used in studies of linkage, genetic mapping, and identification of the presence of other genes that are closely linked to, and therefore usually inherited with, it

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genetic marker n.
A gene phenotypically associated with a particular, easily identified trait and used to identify an individual or cell carrying that gene.

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genetic marker  
A gene or DNA sequence having a known location on a chromosome. Genetic markers associated with certain diseases can be used to determine whether an individual is at risk for developing an inherited disease.
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Example sentences
If there was a genetic marker for hypocrisy, now that would be something.
Scientists don't yet know exactly how this genetic marker contributes to differences in brain size or in behavior.
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