from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One member of a pair or series of genes that occupy a specific position on a specific chromosome.
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- n. One of a number of alternative forms of the same gene occupying a given position on a chromosome.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. one of two or more alternative forms of a gene that can have the same place on homologous chromosomes and are responsible for alternative traits.
- n. either of a pair of Mendelian characters that may occur in an organism as a consequence of variation at one gene locus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (genetics) either of a pair (or series) of alternative forms of a gene that can occupy the same locus on a particular chromosome and that control the same character
German Allel, short for Allelomorph, allelomorph, from English allelomorph.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Allel, shortened from Allelomorph, from English allelomorph. (Wiktionary)