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unit character

noun, Genetics.
a characteristic, usually controlled by a single gene, that is transmitted as a unit in heredity.
Origin of unit character
1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Despite the obscuration of imperfect dominance, polydactylism in poultry proves itself to be a unit-character that segregates.

  • The inheritance of eye color serves as a paradigm of the method of inheritance of any unit-character.

  • Tallness in the pea is a unit-character, and the gametes in which it is represented are said to contain the factor for tallness.

    Mendelism Reginald Crundall Punnett
  • First of all, we find useful the principle of the unit-character.

  • The factor for this or that unit-character is either present in the gamete or it is not present.

    Mendelism Reginald Crundall Punnett
British Dictionary definitions for unit-character

unit character

(genetics) a character inherited as a single unit and dependent on a single gene
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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