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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.
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.