Definition of oligogene in English:

oligogene

noun

Genetics
  • A gene that determines or has a major effect on a phenotypic trait.

Origin

1940s; earliest use found in Kenneth Mather (1911–1990), geneticist. From oligo- + gene, after polygene.

Pronunciation

oligogene

/ˌɒlɪɡə(ʊ)ˈdʒiːn/