American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of a group of nonallelic genes, each having a small quantitative effect, that together produce a wide range of phenotypic variation. Also called multiple factor, quantitative gene.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Noting those volcanic cones which are the result of successive eruptions: contrasted with monogene. The term was suggested by A. Stübel.
- n. a gene that by itself has little effect on the phenotype but which can act together with others to produce observable variations
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