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heterozygous

[het-er-uh-zahy-guh s] /ˌhɛt ər əˈzaɪ gəs/
adjective, Biology
1.
having dissimilar pairs of genes for any hereditary characteristic.
2.
of or pertaining to a heterozygote.
Also, heterozygotic
[het-uh-roh-zahy-got-ik] /ˌhɛt ə roʊ zaɪˈgɒt ɪk/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; hetero- + Greek zygós, adj. derivative of zygón yolk; see -ous
Related forms
heterozygosity
[het-uh-roh-zahy-gos-i-tee] /ˌhɛt ə roʊ zaɪˈgɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for heterozygosity

heterozygous

/ˌhɛtərəʊˈzaɪɡəs/
adjective
1.
(genetics) (of an organism) having different alleles for any one gene: heterozygous for eye colour Compare homozygous
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Word Origin and History for heterozygosity

heterozygous

adj.

1889, from heterozygote, from hetero- + zygote.

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heterozygosity in Medicine

heterozygosity het·er·o·zy·gos·i·ty (hět'ə-rō-zī-gŏs'ĭ-tē)
n.
The state of being heterozygous.

heterozygous het·er·o·zy·gous (hět'ər-ə-zī'gəs)
adj.

  1. Having different alleles at one or more corresponding chromosomal loci.

  2. Of or relating to a heterozygote.

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heterozygosity in Science
heterozygous
  (hět'ər-ə-zī'gəs)   
Relating to a cell that has two different alleles at corresponding positions on homologous chromosomes. Compare homozygous.
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