tending to go, move, or slant back; receding.
Genetics. of or pertaining to a recessive.
Phonetics. (of an accent) showing a tendency to recede from the end toward the beginning of a word.
noun Genetics.
that one of a pair of alternative alleles whose effect is masked by the activity of the second when both are present in the same cell or organism.
the trait or character determined by such an allele. Compare dominant ( def 6 ).

1665–75; < Latin recess(us) (see recess) + -ive

recessively, adverb
recessiveness, noun
nonrecessive, adjective
unrecessive, adjective
unrecessively, adverb Unabridged
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recessive (rɪˈsɛsɪv)
1.  tending to recede or go back; receding
2.  genetics
 a.  (of a gene) capable of producing its characteristic phenotype in the organism only when its allele is identical
 b.  Compare dominant (of a character) controlled by such a gene
3.  linguistics (of stress) tending to be placed on or near the initial syllable of a polysyllabic word
4.  genetics
 a.  a recessive gene or character
 b.  an organism having such a gene or character

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recessive re·ces·sive (rĭ-sěs'ĭv)

  1. Tending to go backward or recede.

  2. Of, relating to, or being an allele that does not produce a characteristic effect when present with a dominant allele.

  3. O, or being a trait expressed only when the determining allele is present in the homozygous condition.

  1. A recessive allele or trait.

  2. An organism having a recessive trait.

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recessive  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (rĭ-sěs'ĭv)  Pronunciation Key 
Relating to the form of a gene that is not expressed as a trait in an individual unless two such genes are inherited, one from each parent. In an organism having two different genes for a trait, the recessive form is overpowered by its counterpart, or dominant, form located on the other of a pair of chromosomes. In humans, lack of dimples is a recessive trait, while the presence of dimples is dominant. See more at carrier, inheritance. Compare dominant.

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