Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun allele

1 sense of allele

Sense 1
allele, allelomorph -- ((genetics) either of a pair (or series) of alternative forms of a gene that can occupy the same locus on a particular chromosome and that control the same character; "some alleles are dominant over others")
       => gene, cistron, factor -- ((genetics) a segment of DNA that is involved in producing a polypeptide chain; it can include regions preceding and following the coding DNA as well as introns between the exons; it is considered a unit of heredity; "genes were formerly called factors")

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