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1. Of, relating to, or determined by polygenes: polygenic inheritance.
a. Of or relating to polygenesis; polygenetic.
b. Of or relating to polygenism.

pol′y·gen′i·cal·ly adv.


(Genetics) of, relating to, or controlled by polygenes: polygenic inheritance.
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Adj.1.polygenic - of or relating to an inheritable character that is controlled by several genes at once; of or related to or determined by polygenes
genetic science, genetics - the branch of biology that studies heredity and variation in organisms
heritable, inheritable - capable of being inherited; "inheritable traits such as eye color"; "an inheritable title"
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At present, our ultimate aim should be to emphasize on non-race specific adult plant resistance and slow rusting which suggests that the stripe rust is not controlled by single major gene, and is inherited polygenically (Imtiaz, Cromey, Hampton, & Ahmad, 2003; Imtiaz et al.
The absolute quantity of cannabinoids produced by an individual plant or by a population (on an average basis) depends on growth and development traits (such as size and proportion of tissues constituted by secretory glands), which are (a) probably determined polygenically, (b) are unrelated to cannabinoid biosynthetic pathways, and (c) are subject to strong environmental modification.
7 implied that yield is polygenically controlled by at least eleven groups of genes conditioning the inheritance pattern of seedcotton yield in this stress irrigation treatment.