One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Originally: the sum total of the constituents of a cell exclusive of its genetic material (rare). Now more widely: the phenotypic counterpart or expression of the genome; the complete set of phenotypic characteristics of an organism.
1940s. From pheno- + -ome, after genome. The wider sense was introduced in an unpublished doctoral dissertation by M. E. Soulé; see quot. 1964.
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