from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An allele.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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 the pure unit characters commonly existing singly or in pairs in the germ cells of Mendelian hybrids, and exhibited in varying proportion among the organisms themselves; same as allele, 2. Allelomorphs which under certain circumstances are themselves compound are called hypallelomorphs. See mendel's law.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In biology, one of a pair of mutually exclusive qualities exhibited respectively by each of two pure races or varieties of a species, these qualities being of such a nature that one or the other of the pair is exhibited in perfection, to the complete exclusion of the other, by each cross-bred descendant of the two pure races.
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
Greek allēlōn, mutually (from allos, other; see al-1 in Indo-European roots) + -morph.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
allelo- + -morph (Wiktionary)