One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or denoting the deposition or enrichment of mineral deposits by solutions moving downward through the rocks.‘supergene enrichment of copper deposits’
- ‘These conditions range from extremely high temperature and pressure in Earth's mantle to supergene transformations on Earth's surface.’
- ‘In some instances sparse mineralization that is uneconomical to mine can be concentrated by supergene processes into mineable ore; supergene deposits are commonly underlain by such primary mineralization.’
- ‘This process, called supergene enrichment, can concentrate silver into exceedingly rich deposits at depth.’
- ‘They reported that secondary, supergene silver is found in the vein to a depth of 1,800 feet.’
Early 20th century: from super- + Greek genēs ‘-born, of a certain kind’.
A group of closely linked genes, typically having related functions.
- ‘ICAM - 1 is a member of the immunoglobulin supergene family that is widely distributed among hematopoietic and non-hematopoietic cells.’
- ‘The focus of the current paper is on neutrophil binding to substrates bearing adhesion molecules from the selectin and immunoglobulin supergene family.’
- ‘These regulatory networks can be further explored by mapping the individual mRNAs composing the supergenes and by investigating the functions of these individual genes.’
- ‘He gave us the first quantitative theories of sexual selection, mimicry, polymorphism, evolution of recombination rates, and supergenes.’
- ‘It is thought that the major bile acid binding protein in the cytosol of rat hepatocytes is 3 hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase, a member of the aldo keto reductase supergene family.’
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