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[ih-pis-tuh-sis] /ɪˈpɪs tə sɪs/

noun, plural epistases
[ih-pis-tuh-seez] /ɪˈpɪs təˌsiz/ (Show IPA)
Genetics. a form of interaction between nonallelic genes in which one combination of such genes has a dominant effect over other combinations.

(obsolete) scum on the surface of a liquid, esp on an old specimen of urine
(med) the arrest or checking of a bodily discharge, esp bleeding
(genetics) Also called hypostasis. the suppression by a gene of the effect of another gene that is not its allele

medical Latin, from Greek epistasis “a stopping, stoppage,” from epi “upon” (see epi-) + stasis “a stopping or standing” (see stasis).

epistasis e·pis·ta·sis (ĭ-pĭs’tə-sĭs)
n. pl. e·pis·ta·ses (-sēz’)

ep’i·stat’ic (ěp’ĭ-stāt’ĭk) adj.


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