multiple alleles

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multiple alleles

pl n
(Biology) three or more alternative forms of a particular gene existing in a population
multiple allelism n

mul′tiple alleles′


n.
a series of three or more alternative or allelic forms of a gene, only two of which can exist in any normal, diploid individual.
[1935–40]
mul′tiple allel′ism, n.
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Yellow mutant albinism: Cytochemical, ultrastructural, and genetic characterization suggesting multiple allelism. American Journal of Human Genetics, 32: 387-395.

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