from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Occurring or appearing only in one sex. Used of a genetic character or phenotype.
  • adj. Having a sex-limited character or phenotype.

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  • adj. relating to characteristics that are expressed differently in the two sexes


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  • However, of course, there *are* sex-limited traits, which express in only one gender, and sex-influenced traits which express differently in males than in females.

    Of Wiker and Witt: The silliest thing I've read all week - The Panda's Thumb

  • Give your husband to understand that cleanliness and freshness is not a "sex-limited" attribute, and just as a husband wants his wife to be clean and dainty and well-groomed, so a wife may enjoy the same qualities in her husband.

    Woman Her Sex and Love Life

  • The long list of diseases which are more or less sex-limited [20; 14, pp. 160f.; 18] are largely endocrine.

    Taboo and Genetics A Study of the Biological, Sociological and Psychological Foundation of the Family

  • It may be said that any part of the soma may in different cases present a sex-limited development.

    Hormones and Heredity

  • The real problem, then, is the sex-limited heredity, and we shall consider later whether in this kind of heredity also there are characters of internal as well as external origin, blastogenic as well as somatogenic.

    Hormones and Heredity

  • But according to the evidence derived from a study of the sex-limited descent of certain features in other animals the conclusion seems equally clear that in them female must be regarded as

    Evolution in Modern Thought

  • Even the famous puzzle of sex-limited inheritance is solved, at all events in its more regular manifestations, and we know now how it is brought about that the normal sisters of a colour-blind man can transmit the colour-blindness while his normal brothers cannot transmit it.

    Evolution in Modern Thought

  • A contemporary, sex-limited change in body size of an estuarine turtle in response to commercial fishing.

    Journal Watch Online

  • True, she should be denying the existence of sex-limited or sex-influenced traits, because that’s what Darwin’s talking about in the passage in question.

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  • Press, 1914.] sex-limited, or as it is now proposed to call it sex-linked, transmission in this case means that the female _grossulariata_ transmits the character to all her male offspring and to none of the female, while a heterozygous male _grossulariata_ mated with _lacticolor_ female transmits the character equally to both sexes: that is to say, the heredity is completely sex-limited in the female but not at all in the male.

    Hormones and Heredity


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