follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

pleiotropy

[plahy-o-truh-pee] /plaɪˈɒ trə pi/
noun, Genetics.
1.
the phenomenon of one gene being responsible for or affecting more than one phenotypic characteristic.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; pleio- + -tropy
Related forms
pleiotropic
[plahy-uh-trop-ik, -troh-pik] /ˌplaɪ əˈtrɒp ɪk, -ˈtroʊ pɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
pleiotropically, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for pleiotropic

pleiotropy

n.

1921, from German pleiotrop (1910), from Greek pleion "greater in quantity, the more part, very many," (see pleio-) + trope "turn, turning" (see trope). Related: Pleiotropic; pleiotropism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for pleiotropy

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for pleiotropic

0
21
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for pleiotropic