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wild type

noun, Genetics.
1.
an organism having an appearance that is characteristic of the species in a natural breeding population.
2.
the form or forms of a gene commonly occurring in nature in a given species.
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wild-type, adjective
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Examples for wild type
  • Genetically engineered organisms can revert to wild type, losing the expensively implanted genes.
  • Reintroducing wild type variants of the gene into the sequences of mutants resulted in the reversion back to wild type phenotype.
British Dictionary definitions for wild type

wild type

noun
1.
(biology) the typical form of a species of organism resulting from breeding under natural conditions
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wild type in Medicine

wild type n.
The typical form of an organism, strain, gene, or characteristic as it occurs in nature, as distinguished from mutant forms that may result from selective breeding.

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