heterozygous

[het-er-uh-zahy-guhs]
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] .


Origin:
1900–05; hetero- + Greek zygós, adj. derivative of zygón yolk; see -ous

heterozygosity [het-uh-roh-zahy-gos-i-tee] , noun
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heterozygous (ˌhɛtərəʊˈzaɪɡəs)
 
adj
genetics Compare homozygous (of an organism) having different alleles for any one gene: heterozygous for eye colour

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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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heterozygous   (hět'ər-ə-zī'gəs)  Pronunciation Key 
Relating to a cell that has two different alleles at corresponding positions on homologous chromosomes. Compare homozygous.
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We propose that these conditions may result in reduced metabolic costs of growth among the heterozygous individuals.
Outbreeding depression can and does occur when genes from two heterozygous parents come together to interact in a bad way.
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