Definition of homologue in English:


(US homolog)


  • A homologous thing.

    • ‘We attempted to glean information about their functions by searching for possible homologs in other organisms.’
    • ‘The most important point is that this gene has no homologues in other organisms, making it an attractive drug target.’
    • ‘During meiosis I, the replicated sister chromatids pair with their homologs but segregate as a single unit.’
    • ‘It ensures proper chromosome segregation by forming a physical link between homologs during meiosis.’
    • ‘Several studies show involvement of telomeres in the pairing of homologs during meiosis.’
    • ‘The distribution of homologues among different taxa is seen as a consequence of their phylogenetic relationship.’
    counterpart, analogue, equivalent, likeness, correspondent, match, twin, duplicate, equal, coequal, mirror
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Mid 19th century: from French, from Greek homologos (see homologous).