phenocopy


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Related to phenocopy: genocopy, Genetic heterogeneity

phe·no·cop·y

 (fē′nə-kŏp′ē)
n. pl. phe·no·cop·ies
1. An environmentally induced, nonhereditary trait in an organism that closely resembles a genetically determined trait, especially a mutation.
2. An individual exhibiting such a trait.

phenocopy

(ˈfiːnəʊˌkɒpɪ)
n, pl -copies
(Genetics) a noninheritable change in an organism that is caused by environmental influence during development but resembles the effects of a genetic mutation

phe•no•cop•y

(ˈfi nəˌkɒp i)

n., pl. -cop•ies.
a trait or condition that resembles a known genetic defect but is externally caused and not inheritable.
[< German Phänokopie (1935); see phenotype, copy]
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