phenocopy

phenocopy

[fee-nuh-kop-ee]
noun, plural phenocopies. Genetics.
the observed result of an environmentally induced, nongenetic alteration of a phenotype to a form that resembles the expression of a known genetic mutation.

Origin:
< German Phänokopie (1935); see phenotype, copy

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phenocopy (ˈfiːnəʊˌkɒpɪ)
 
n , pl -copies
a noninheritable change in an organism that is caused by environmental influence during development but resembles the effects of a genetic mutation

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phenocopy phe·no·cop·y (fē'nə-kŏp'ē)
n.

  1. An environmentally induced, nonhereditary variation in an organism, closely resembling a genetically determined trait.

  2. An individual exhibiting such a variation.

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