Homozygote

Definition

noun, plural: homozygotes

A nucleus, cell or organism where the alleles for a particular gene on each chromosome are identical.


Supplement

Homozygotes are true breeding organisms since the trait in question can be held constant as they produce the same phenotypic result.


Word origin: Greek ‘homo’ meaning ‘same’ + zygote.
Related forms: homozygous (adjective)

Compare: heterozygote
See also: zygosity


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