Definition of pseudogene in English:



  • A section of a chromosome that is an imperfect copy of a functional gene.

    • ‘In this process new genes are created by repeated gene duplications, and some genes may later become pseudogenes or even be deleted from the genome.’
    • ‘Gene conversion from pseudogenes is also thought to be important in polycystic kidney disease.’
    • ‘Finally, it is conceivable that a copy of a multicopy gene family is a pseudogene.’
    • ‘Four alleles were putative pseudogenes and no Pto genes could be isolated from seven individuals of different Lycopersicon species.’
    • ‘We use the fact that processed pseudogenes and functional genes are subject to different nucleotide-substitution patterns.’