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[jen-uh-tahyp, jee-nuh-] /ˈdʒɛn əˌtaɪp, ˈdʒi nə-/

noun, Genetics.
the genetic makeup of an organism or group of organisms with reference to a single trait, set of traits, or an entire complex of traits.
the sum total of genes transmitted from parent to offspring.
the genetic constitution of an organism
a group of organisms with the same genetic constitution

“genetic constitution of an individual,” 1910, from German Genotypus (Wilhelm Johannsen, 1909); see gene + type. Earlier the same word was used with a sense of “type species of a genus” (1897); in this case, the first element is from genus.

genotype gen·o·type (jěn’ə-tīp’, jē’nə-)

gen’o·typ’i·cal (-tĭp’ĭ-kəl) adj.
(jěn’ə-tīp’, jē’nə-tīp’)
The genetic makeup of an organism as distinguished from its physical characteristics. Compare phenotype.

A combination of alleles situated on corresponding chromosomes that determines a specific trait.


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