prepotency

prepotency

[pree-poht-n-see]
noun Genetics.
the ability of one parent to impress its hereditary characters on its progeny because it possesses more homozygous, dominant, or epistatic genes.

Origin:
1640–50 for general sense “predominance”; < Latin praepotentia. See prepotent, -ency

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prepotency (prɪˈpəʊtənsɪ)
 
n
1.  the state or condition of being prepotent
2.  genetics the ability of one parent to transmit more characteristics to its offspring than the other parent
3.  botany the ability of pollen from one source to bring about fertilization more readily than that from other sources

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