One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An individual having two different alleles of a particular gene or genes, and so giving rise to varying offspring.Compare with homozygote
- ‘Homozygotes and heterozygotes at individual sites were distinguished by their chromatographic patterns.’
- ‘The individual tested was a heterozygote, necessarily possessing a copy of each allele.’
- ‘In the case of heterozygotes, one allele was randomly selected for each individual.’
- ‘In a population with variation on both sex chromosomes, one does not know which sex chromosome carries a specific allele in a heterozygote of the heterogametic sex.’
- ‘For example, in inbred populations there may be very few heterozygotes but several different homozygotes.’
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